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Pediatric Brain Tumor Incidence Focus of Awareness Week (PR Newswire)Brain tumors now have the dubious distinction of being the leading cause of cancer death in children under the age of 20, surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia and also being the third leading cause of cancer death in young adults ages 20-39.- Apr 05 7:26 PM ET


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SOURCE: North American Brain Tumor Coalition

Pediatric Brain Tumor Incidence Focus of Awareness Week

WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Brain tumors now have the dubious distinction of being the leading cause of cancer death in children under the age of 20, surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and also being the third leading cause of cancer death in young adults ages 20-39. Brain tumors in children are different from those in adults and are often treated differently. Although as many as 60% of children will survive, they are often left with long-term side effects.

These startling facts are just some of many reasons the North American Brain Tumor Coalition (NABTC) will once again sponsor Brain Tumor Awareness Week, May 6-12, 2001 with activities in Washington DC and around the nation.

Brain Tumor Awareness Week (BTAW) is a special week set aside to educate the public about brain tumors. It is also a time to remember the many thousands of individuals who have lost their lives to this devastating disease and recognize and celebrate the lives of all survivors.

Highlighted by a Congressional Luncheon and Capitol Hill visits in Washington, DC, on May 8th and 9th, BTAW is a time for brain tumor survivors and their families to join forces to tell their stories to federal policymakers and seek additional funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Speakers at Tuesday's luncheon will include key congressional representatives and prominent members of the medical community including Howard Fine, M.D., Branch Chief, Neuro-Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute and Richard Pazdur, M.D., Director, Oncology Drug Products Division of the Food and Drug Administration. In addition, two young and dynamic brain tumor survivors will tell their inspiring stories of hope.

The NABTC is a network of charitable organizations across the United States and Canada dedicated to eradicating brain tumors. Supported by its member organizations, the Coalition works to increase public awareness of the problem and advocates for increased research funding, health care and other issues affecting brain tumor patients. (In Canada, Brain Tumor Awareness Month is celebrated in October.)

                       Brain Tumor Awareness Week 2001
                    Raising Awareness ...  Inspiring Hope

SOURCE: North American Brain Tumor Coalition

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