While Pediatric Brain Cancer Rates Grow, A Dearth of Funding Demonstrates Need for More Targeted Financing

While Pediatric Brain Cancer Rates Grow, A Death of Funding Demonstrates Need for More Targeted Financing

The results from a recent American Cancer Society study ominously indicate accelerating incidence of malignant brain tumor rates in children and adolescents. Sponsored by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), the study team utilized the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, indicating growing rates of deadly pediatric cancer. This suggests an urgent need for research to accelerate the development of new treatments and hopefully a cure. Titled “A Cancer Journal for Clinicians,” the study points to 0.5% to 0.7% per annum growth since 2008. On the other hand, adult brain tumor rates wane.

Led by corresponding author Kimberly D. Miller and a group of researchers, the study indicates a dire need for more research targeting pediatric brain tumors. Courtney Davies, President and CEO of PBTF, declared in the organization’s press release, “While new cases of brain tumors in adults are shrinking each year, the terrible truth for our country’s children is that incidence rates of the deadliest form of childhood cancer continue to grow. And yet research to solve this problem is sorely underfunded.” The head of the foundation targeting this horrific cancer conti...

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