Calls for Government to improve early tumour diagnosis

A major scheme to improve early diagnosis of childhood brain tumours will be debated at the heart of Government today (Tuesday, September 3).

The Headsmart campaign is calling for pocket-sized symptom cards to be distributed to children and parents in schools across the UK in a bid to improve awareness of the condition. Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab hopes to make the case for the scheme at the Westminster Hall debate this afternoon.  “We have a golden opportunity to cut deaths and disabilities in youngsters caused by late diagnosis of brain tumours,” he said, adding that the card scheme will not incur any cost to the taxpayer. “They pose as great a danger to our children as meningitis, yet we could save countless lives if the symptoms were spotted earlier.”  Headsmart campaigner Sacha Langton-Gilks lost her son David in 2012 as a result of a late diagnosis of a brain tumour.  She said the UK has the poorest record for diagnosis of childhood brain tumours in Europe and that she “cannot move on” from her loss until the situation improves.  “Health education needs to be an immediate priority. No mother should have to watch her child cease to recognise her from dementia.”  The Brain Injury Hub will bring you news from the debate tomorrow. 
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