World Brain Tumor Day
- World Brain Tumor Day is observed annually on June 8, 2000. This day was observed for the first time by the German Brain Tumors Association. It is a non-profit organization that raises public awareness and educates people about brain cancer. Malignant brain cancer is very common in Germany, as more than 8,000 people suffer from these diseases in Germany alone. More than 500 new cases are diagnosed with brain tumors every day around the world. This is the most common type of cancer in children.
- The incidence and prevalence of brain tumors in India are growing. According to a study of cancer in children, brain cancer is most common in girls and even in both sexes in adults, although there are some differences between countries.
What is Brain Tumour?
- Unnecessary growth of cells when the body doesn’t require them is known as cancer. A brain tumor occurs when abnormal cells produce within any part of the brain. There are two main types of tumors namely, malignant and benign tumors.
Some Facts about Brain tumor
- A brain tumor can occur at any age.
- The exact cause of brain tumors is not clear.
- The symptoms of a brain tumor depend on their size, type, and location.
- The most common type of primary brain tumors among adults are astrocytoma, meningioma, and oligodendroglioma.
- The most common type of primary brain tumors in children are medulloblastoma, grade I or II astrocytoma, (or glioma) ependymoma, and brain stem glioma.
- Family history and high dose X-rays are risk factors for a brain tumor.
- Brain tumors are diagnosed by the doctor based on the results of medical history and physical examination and various specialized tests of the brain and nervous system.
- Options for brain tumor treatment include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, or a combination of treatments.
What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
- The brain tumors may produce symptoms that vary depending on the part of the brain they begin. Some common symptoms are headaches, seizures, problem with vision, vomiting, and mental changes. The patient may feel headache and vomiting in the morning. More specific problems may include difficulty in walking, speaking, and sensation.
What are the available treatments for Brain tumors?
- Doctors may suggest the following treatments according to their type, grade, and position of the tumor and general health of the patient.
- Anti-seizure medication
- Ventricular peritoneal shunt