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New government funding announced for brain cancer research

26th February 2018

The government has confirmed it is to invest GBP 20 million in the field of brain tumour research over the next five years.

This will be invested through the National Institute for Health Research and complemented by a GBP 25 million cash injection from Cancer Research UK.

According to health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt, survival rates for most cancers are currently at record levels.

However, he said the prognosis for people with brain tumours has "scarcely improved" in more than a generation".

As a result, he is keen to deliver a "big uplift in the funding of brain cancer research, while galvanising the clinical and scientific communities to explore new avenues for diagnosis and treatment in the future". 

Mr Hunt added that this is a chance to create a "genuine step change" in survival rates for brain cancer.

Official figures show that about 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year, with just 14 percent of people surviving the disease for ten years or more.

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