Hanover, MA (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
There is a nationwide effort underway—led by the Brain Aneurysm Foundation—to establish September as Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month. With support and leadership from Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressmen Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Richard Neal (D-MA), the United States Congress is currently considering a federal resolution that would officially name the month of September, Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.
Today, an estimated six million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm. And, about 30,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm each year—nearly half will die. Those who survive and recover from a ruptured brain aneurysm often face life-altering disabilities.
However, if a brain aneurysm is diagnosed early with proper screening, it can be treated before it ruptures.
“Far too many people have either suffered from ruptured brain aneurysms or know someone who has,” stated Christine Buckley, Executive Director of The Brain Aneurysm Foundation. “It is a proven fact that early detection can save lives.”
Anyone can help bring awareness to this debilitating affliction. It’s easy— all it takes is a few quick and easy clicks at a computer and they can request that their U.S. Congressman and Senators support H. Res. 522, Expressing support for designation of September 2014 as “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month” and S. Res. 353, A resolution designating September 2014 as “National Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month.”
Simply click on the following two links:
“Raising awareness, raises research. Raising research raises everyone’s chances of survival,” noted Buckley.
Funding for brain aneurysm awareness and research lags behind many other diseases and afflictions. According to the National Institute of Health, aneurysm research receives only $1.6 million in public funding, compared to $3.07 billion allocated to AIDS research, $44 million allocated to ALS research and $800 million allocated to breast cancer research.
“Every year, we raise private dollars to fund research being conducted by some of the leading medical professionals at some of the most respected hospitals in the country,” noted Buckley. “This work has made a significant difference for individuals diagnosed with an aneurysm. But more needs to be done.”
Now celebrating 20 years of service, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation was established in 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to promote early detection of brain aneurysms by providing knowledge and raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors; work with the medical communities to provide support networks for patients and families; as well as to further research that will improve patient outcomes and save lives. For more information about the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, visit http://www.bafound.org.