Brain Tumour Awareness Month 2021

16 March 2021

March is Brain Tumour Awareness Month and Wear A Hat Day is back, taking place on Friday 26th March 2021.

Wear A Hat Day is a fundraising and research awareness initiative by Brain Tumour Research; a charity that campaigns to raise funds for vital research into the origins of brain tumours. 

There are over 120 different types of primary brain tumours, yet the direct causes of these tumours are still unknown. Therefore, the campaigning work carried out by charities is essential.  Brain Tumour Research is a charity dedicated to working together to fund sustainable scientific research into brain tumours, in hope of finding a cure.

What are the Symptoms of Brain Tumours?

The symptoms of a brain tumour vary depending on the exact part of the brain affected. However, common symptoms include:

  • headaches
  • seizures (fits)
  • persistently feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and drowsiness
  • mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
  • progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
  • vision or speech problems

Sometimes you may not have any symptoms to begin with, or they may develop very slowly over time. A regular routine eye test can sometimes detect eye problems that indicate the presence of a brain tumour before any symptoms become obvious. 

A comprehensive list of symptoms can be found on the Brain Tumour Research website, here.

The Importance of Raising Awareness of Brain Tumours

More than 16,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour in the UK each year, with half of these being cancerous. 

Although brain tumours can be difficult to identify, as many of the symptoms can be attributed to other illnesses or diseases, if you are suffering from a combination of the symptoms set out above you should seek professional medical advice. 

If your GP suspects the presence of a brain tumour they will refer you to a neurologist for further tests, as the only definite way to establish if a tumour is present is to use a CT or MRI scan, for which the neurologist can refer you.

Early detection and treatment is essential to avoid acute complications later on, as brain tumours are indiscriminate and kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Therefore, given the devastating impact of brain tumours, it is essential to raise awareness of such tumours and to further support on-going scientific research into their origins. 

For more information on supporting Brain Tumour Research or to partake in Wear A Hat Day, please visit the Brain Tumour Research webpage.


If you would like any further information or advice about the topic discussed in this blog, please contact our Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team at 



Terrence Donovan is the Head of the Medical Negligence and Personal Injury Department.  He has a national reputation, and is one of the most respected and senior solicitors in the field.

Lydia Isaacs is a paralegal in our medical negligence and personal injury team. Lydia assists with aspects of medical negligence and personal injury claims, including spinal injury, birth injury, road traffic accident, and asbestos claims.


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