22nd January 2017
A woman from Chester in Cheshire is backing a campaign for more funding and priority to be given around brain tumour diagnosis.
Hannah Jones was wrongly diagnosed as having epilepsy, and it was only when a surgeon operated that a cancerous tumour was detected.
She was just 15 years old, due to sit her GCSE exams the following Summer.
Now, along with the backing of charity HeadSmart, she is calling on a greater priority be given towards early diagnosis.
Hannah said, “We need to act quickly because the more people who are aware of bran tumour side-effects, the more lives we can save.
“I am very lucky as doctors put my side-effects down to epilepsy but sent me for a scan ‘just in case’.
“With brain tumours being the biggest cancer killer but research is the most poorly funded compares to other cancers it is surely most important to spot it as soon as we can.”
Hayley Epps, Campaign Manager for The Brain Tumour Charity said, “Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children in the UK.
“HeadSmart has two aims: to save lives and reduce long-term disability by bringing down childhood brain tumour diagnosis times.
“Relaunching the campaign will help us to achieve that goal by alerting more healthcare professionals, parents and young people to the signs and symptoms of the disease.”
Symptoms are known to vary, but its hoped an awareness on what some may be can help aid their campaign.
- Persistent/recurrent headache
- Persistent/recurrent vomiting
- Balance/co-ordination/walking problems
- Abnormal eye movements
- Blurred or double vision
- Behaviour change
- Fits or seizures
- Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck
- Increasing head circumference (crossing centiles)
- Delayed or arrested puberty
Hannah has also been recognised for her efforts, including being awarded The ‘Well Child’ bravest teen female in 2011. She has raised £202,000.
Image: Hannah Jones