The Matthew Larson Foundation's mission statement includes increasing
awareness about pediatric brain tumors. It is important that we regularly
communicate with our supporters and the general public in order to do this.
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July 2007 Press Packet 3.71 Mb
- Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer deaths in children under 20
- Each year 3,400 new cases are diagnosed.
- 4 out of 10 children with a brain tumor will die within five years of diagnosis.
- Every day nine more children will be diagnosed.
- The cause of childhood brain tumors remains unknown.
- There are 120 different types of brain tumors making effective treatment extremely difficult.
- The overall survival rates are 60%, but the 5 year survival rate for a child with a malignant brain tumor is less than 40%.
- Many children who survive a brain tumor will be left with devastating long term effects.
- Early detection of brain tumors is difficult due to symptoms similar to more common childhood illnesses
- Improving the outlook for children with brain tumors requires research into the causes of and better treatments for brain tumors.