West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper encourages West Lancashire to support HeadSmart: be brain tumour aware. The campaign set up by the Brain Tumour Charity is attempting to increase awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people. So far thousands of schools and organisations have taken part in the campaign by distributing symptom awareness cards.
The aim of the campaign is to reduce the time it takes to diagnose childhood brain tumours from 6.9 weeks to less than five weeks. The time from which symptoms are presented and a diagnosis is made in UK is one of the longest in the developed world. Therefore this campaign is setting out to make more parents and GPs aware of what symptoms to look out for, so that more lives can be saved and the number of children living with life-changing diseases are reduced.
Although rare, brain tumours are the biggest killer of children in the UK and more than 500 diagnoses are made each year. Of the 500 children that are diagnosed around a quarter will die. However many of these deaths can be prevented if symptoms are diagnosed early enough.
The Brain Tumour Charity has so far distributed more than 900,000 cards to schools, GP’s and healthcare professionals to help achieve this goal.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I am encouraging West Lancashire schools, GP’s and health professionals to distribute this information and be more brain tumour aware.
“Through raising awareness and having more information about the symptoms of brain tumours it could help save lives.”
If you would like to get involved please email Natalie Dutton at info@headsmart or by phone on 01252 749 995 and let her know how many cards you need, quoting ASMP2 in any correspondence.