National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) commends the introduction of a resolution in the United States House of Representatives designating May as “National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.” The resolution — (H.Res.980) Expressing support for designation of May 2020 as “National Brain Tumor Awareness Month” — introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL-05), is a positive step toward increasing public awareness of brain tumors, while also honoring those who have lost their lives or loved ones to this devastating group of diseases or are currently living with a brain tumor diagnosis.
“We are sincerely grateful for the continued leadership taken by Congressman Quigley, on this resolution and his overall efforts to ensure brain tumors continue to receive federal research dollars used to help discover cures,” said David Arons, Chief Executive Officer, National Brain Tumor Society. “The estimated 87,000 Americans who will receive a brain tumor diagnosis in 2020 need to know that Congress is doing everything it can to support the development of better treatments to improve the quality of life and long term prognosis of those individuals and families impacted by the disease.”
The resolution urges that a collaborative public-private approach to brain tumor research be utilized as the best means of advancing knowledge of and treatment of the disease. NBTS applauds Congressman Quigley’s efforts, which build upon previous resolutions marking Brain Tumor Awareness Month first passed by Congress in 2008.
“I’m proud to once again introduce this important resolution, to build awareness and to honor those we’ve lost all too soon to the scourge of brain cancer,” said Quigley. “During National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, we aim to increase awareness and honor the memories of everyone who has been faced with this disease. This resolution is my promise to every family who has lost someone and to every American who receives this frightening diagnosis that Congress will not rest in our fight for better treatments and to one day find a cure. “
Brain tumors are the leading cause of death from cancer in children, and nearly 18,000 American lives were claimed last year alone. Despite these devastating losses, only approved five drugs and one device have been approved for the treatment of more than 130 brain tumor types in the past 30 years.