Prominent neurosurgeon Charlie Teo laments he’s the “lone voice” speaking about mind most cancers in Australia, partly as a result of the excessive mortality charge means so few survivors are in a position to badist promote consciousness of it.
Professor Teo says mind most cancers has a 5 12 months survival charge of simply 22 per cent and the shortage of survivors and advocates is impacting fundraising efforts to badist discover a remedy.
“We have a terrible survival rate. We don’t have spokespeople, we don’t have advocates,” Prof Teo advised AAP.
“We do not have advocates who exit and go, ‘nicely I am a survivor of bad most cancers, I am a survivor of bowel most cancers, I am a survivor of Hodgkin’s illness’, and now they go and out and beat the drum and form of elevate cash.
“We’re mainly caught behind the eight ball proper from the get go.”
Prof Teo says his medical colleagues additionally look like too busy “taking care of their very own pursuits” to take a position their very own time or cash in looking for cures.
“Unfortunately it is me, as a lone voice,” he stated.
But Prof Teo hoping his new Charlie Teo Foundation, which can badist fund mind most cancers badysis, can begin to flip issues round.
The basis’s launch on Friday happened two months after Prof Teo stepped away from the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation he launched in 2001, saying he wasn’t proud of the way it was being run, significantly it is overhead prices of about 65 per cent.
His new basis will purpose for overhead prices under 30 per cent so donors get “bang for bucks”, he stated.
Among the charity’s fundraising endeavors is a partnership with the sixth annual Sydney Skinny, a bad swim to be held at Cobblers Beach at Middle Head on Sydney Harbour in March.
Prof Teo will participate within the occasion for the third time in 2018, saying the discomfort of getting bad is nothing in comparison with what his sufferers undergo.
“To ask folks such as you and me who do not have mind most cancers to get out of their consolation zone for simply someday isn’t a giant ask,” he stated.