HeadSmart is a project that aims to enhance the awareness of symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
Each week in the UK, around ten children or teenagers are diagnosed with a brain tumour. The time taken from a child’s first symptoms to diagnosis of a brain tumour for half of the children to be diagnosed is currently 12-13 weeks (median) in the UK, the other half take longer, sometimes up to a year or two. In comparison, similar figures in other countries show that half the cases are diagnosed in as little as 5 weeks. This shows that UK figures compare unfavourably.
The aim of the HeadSmart campaign is to reduce the time it takes to diagnose children and young people with brain tumours in the UK by educating healthcare professionals and the public about the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
Reducing the time to diagnosis should reduce the long term disability that many children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour currently experience.
Currently, 1 child dies every 3 days of a brain tumour. The HeadSmart campaign needs to raise £100,000 to help in its aim to reduce the time it takes to diagnose a child and so save lives and reduce long term disability. If you donate you will be helping to bring us closer to this so that:
- 75,000 families receive HeadSmart information making them aware of childhood brain tumours and what to do if they spot the signs and symptoms
- 30,000 Doctors across the UK become HeadSmart aware; enabling them to spot the signs and symptoms of brain tumours and knowing when to recommend a scan
- 6,000 people trying to cope with a brain tumour can gain the support and information they need from the National Brain Tumour Infoline
The HeadSmart campaign does not receive any government or statutory funding and relies 100% on voluntary donations; which means that every penny you donate really does count.
Please act now for HeadSmart and donate today: