Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell is supporting greater funding for brain tumour research after attending a Westminster reception as part of an awareness month on the disease.
The event, held by Brain Tumour Research, was also to mark the charity’s Wear a Hat Day, which is taking place on Friday (31 March).
The Speaker, John Bercow, hosted the reception last week and guests included Debbie McGee who lost her magician husband Paul Daniels to a brain tumour.
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to the disease.
Fewer than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years of their diagnosis – compared with 86% for breast cancer and 51% for leukaemia.
“There’s no doubt brain tumours are the poor relation in terms of cancer funding and awareness and this has to end,” said Caroline.
“We need to make sure the UK leads the way in investing in research into brain tumours but, at the moment, there’s simply not enough investment into treatments and the basic understanding of this awful disease.
“I will be supporting the awareness month and I will be wearing a hat on 31st. I urge the Government to look closely at ways to increase funding to ensure more people get better treatment.”