Canada has one of the highest rates of brain cancer incidence in the world.i  Today, eight Canadians will learn they have brain cancer.ii  No new discoveries have been made for a decade.  October 24 has been declared as Brain Cancer Awareness Day in CanadaBrain Tumour Foundation of Canada is calling-on Canadians to show their support for increased brain cancer research by wearing a tuque and raising funds and awareness for the thousands of Canadians impacted by brain cancer.

October 24, 2018, will now be remembered as a day for brain cancer awareness and brain cancer hope. Brain Cancer Awareness Day is a timely opportunity to remind Canadians about the importance of brain cancer and research needs,” said Susan Marshall, CEO, Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.  “The Hats for Hope campaign provides us with the opportunity to advocate, educate and have a direct impact on the lives of Canadians impacted by brain cancer.”

Hats for Hope is a national movement to support the brain tumour community in Canada and honour those living with or who have passed from brain cancer.  Brain tumours are unpredictable and complex.  They can affect vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility.  Their effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. While there is currently no cure, there is most certainly hope.

“We don’t currently have reliable data on all primary brain tumours.  We know brain cancer incidence rates are higher in Canada than the United States particularly in adults over the age of forty,” said Dr. Faith Davis, epidemiologist, Professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and Canadian Brain Tumour Registry Lead.  “Between 1992 and 2008, 13,340 Canadians died from Glioblastoma (GBM), the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumour.iii  Canadian research and treatment innovation is needed now more than ever.”

While there is currently no cure for brain cancer, there is most certainly hope. #HatsForHope

 

Photo: While there is currently no cure for brain cancer, there is most certainly hope. #HatsForHope (CNW Group/Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada)

 

i Global incidence of malignant brain and other central nervous system tumours by histology, 2003-2007.  Rebecca Leece et al.  Neuro-Oncology, Volume 19, Issue 11, 19 October 2017, Pages 1553-1564 https://academic.oup.com/neuro-oncology/article/19/11/1553/3800463

ii Canadian Cancer Statistics Publication.  Page 42. Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/canadian-cancer-statistics-publication/?region=on

iii Canadian brain cancer survival rates by tumour type and region: 1992-2008, Canadian Journal of Public Health. Vol 107. No. 1 2016. pg. 2

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