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Not enough cash goes to brain tumour research, doctors say

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 02 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5966
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Brain tumours continue to be the poor relation in cancer research. Too complex, too variable, and too low profile because they lack a vocal patient group, brain tumours languish low in the funding league table, said a group of specialists at a briefing held at London’s Science Media Centre on 30 September.

This is despite statistics showing that brain tumours are the main cause of cancer deaths in children and people under 40. Better ascertainment has shown that they are not as rare as once believed and are responsible for around 3500 deaths …

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