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28 March 2013, 06:00
Capital’s been told that brain tumours are now the biggest cancer killer for the under 30’s.
A Yorkshire cancer charity says there’s urgent need for funding from the government, because there are doctors waiting to find a cure, but they haven’t got the equipment to carry out the research.
Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire (BTRS) have released figures showing brain cancer’s overtaken leukaemia to be the biggest cancer killer amongst the under 30's.
1,200 people in Yorkshire are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour every year. Out of these, one in four will die.
20% of all other cancers will also spread to the brain. Despite this, only 0.7% of government cancer funding is allocated to brain tumour research.
Early warning signs of a brain tumour in young people can include a persistent headache, vomiting, blurred or double vision, dizziness, behavioural changes, delayed onset of puberty and fits or seizures.