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Researchers Search for Causes of Brain Cancer National Brain Tumor Foundation sponsors groundbreaking international research consortium in search for causes of brain tumors.

Posted on: 02/19/2005

Researchers Search for Causes of Brain Cancer National Brain Tumor Foundation sponsors groundbreaking international research consortium in search for causes of brain tumors.

Date : Saturday - February 19, 2005

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2005 -- Cell phones, power lines, and diet have all been investigated as possible causes of brain tumors yet definitive answers continue to elude scientists. Each year, the public interest in wanting to know the causes of cancer grow yet research has been slow in finding answers. As a way of increasing our understanding of brain tumors and focusing more attention on causes, the National Brain Tumor Foundation is supporting a new international consortium of brain tumor researchers who hope to combine forces to better answers the question "What Causes Brain Tumors?" The purpose of this group, named the BTEC or the Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium, is to develop multi-center collaborations that can lead to a better understanding of the causes, outcomes and prevention of brain tumors through strategic partnerships.

"We are excited about supporting this group of researchers" says Robert Tufel, MSW,MPH, Executive Director of the National Brain Tumor Foundation, "because we believe that this type of collaborative science will help focus attention on the causes of brain tumors and lead us more quickly to finding answers."

BTEC members come from research centers across the United States as well as Sweden, Israel and Canada and represent a dedicated group of researchers all seeking the same goal – to better understand what causes tumors to grow in the brain.

"Furthering our knowledge of the causes and risk factors through collaborative research can lead to better treatments, outcomes and prevention of all brain tumors" states Dr. Jill Barnholtz Sloan Assistant Professor at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida and one of the organizers of BTEC.

Each year over 190,000 people in the United States and 10,000 people in Canada are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor. There are over 120 different types of brain tumors, making effective treatment very complicated. Worldwide, brain tumor incidence is increasing. The key to fighting this difficult disease is related to finding out what causes brain tumors and to supporting patients once they are diagnosed.

The National Brain Tumor Foundation, which supports the BTEC and research into the causes of brain tumors, raises funds for research and provides support and information free to patients and family members. The NBTF patient information line (800.934.CURE) and web site,, receive more than 1,000 inquires each month requesting assistance and support.

For more information contact the National Brain Tumor Foundation at 1.800.934.2873 or visit

# # # NATIONAL BRAIN TUMOR FOUNDATION Robert Tufel, MSW, MPH 415-834-9970 E-mail Information

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