Brain Tumour Research in Canada

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Fraser Clarke

Canada’s Brain Tumour Foundation has launched a new registry, aimed at lowering the country’s reliance on foreign data.

Estimates suggest that, every day, 27 Canadians will be diagnosed with a brain tumour - with figures showing that around 55,000 people in the country are now living with more than 120 different kinds of tumour on the brain.

These figures are expected to remain at a similar level until 2021, with Meningioma the most common primary tumour in females and Glioblastoma the most common in males.

With rates only likely to increase in the longer-term if nothing else is done, the launch of the first ever Brain Tumour Registry in the country could be coming at a vital time.

Speaking about the new system, Professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, Dr Faith Davis, said: “Our hope is, that by counting every brain tumour in Canada, we will get one step closer to finding the cause of all brain tumours and hopefully prevent them from occurring.

“We hope to improve the availability of accurate, complete, and analyzed data of malignant and non-malignant brain tumours in the Canadian population.”

By providing data that is more comprehensive than previously available, focused on incidence, prevalence and survival rates, hopes are high that the neuro-oncology research community will be able to recognise trends, potentially reducing rates of the issue for many years to come.

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