World Brain Tumor Day is celebrated annually on 8th of June. This day was set aside to be celebrated globally by an association of brain tumor that is based in Germany. World Brain Tumor Day helps in raising awareness to the public and educating them on brain tumor, a type of cancer that is not common and most people do not know about it. It is also a day that helps the people who are suffering from brain tumor in facing their challenges. There are approximately 8,000 Germans who suffer from brain tumor and 500 cases of patients suffering from brain tumor are diagnosed daily. Research has shown that brain tumor is the most common type of cancer affecting children today.
Brain tumor is a condition that occurs when the cells in the brain multiply in an abnormal way or a way that cannot be controlled. The tumor can be malignant meaning it is cancerous or it can be non-cancerous (benign).
The tumors are graded from grade 1 to 4 and this depends with their location, how fast the cells are multiplying and the spread to adjacent areas/organs.
The exact cause of cancer is unknown, however, the factors that increase the risk of getting cancers include:
The symptoms of brain cancer will vary from one person to another depending with the exact location of the tumor in the brain.
The common symptoms that may occur include:
The main treatment of any type of cancer is surgery where the affected tissue is removed as much as possible.
In most cases, it is not possible to remove the entire tissue that is affected and therefore, the treatment is followed by:
There is no precaution that can be taken in prevention of brain tumor. It is advisable to go for regular screenings because early detection and treatment will help in prevention of complications.
The association of brain tumor created this day to be celebrated so that it would draw attention to the public and this includes the businessmen, politicians, medical and research institutions in the importance of funding the research that is done on brain tumor and the collaboration of interdisciplinary. The aim of doing this is to come up with ways of treatment that are effective and affordable.
Brain tumor is a rare type of tumor and most people are not aware about it. World brain tumor day is set aside to show support for the people who are suffering from brain cancer and the brain cancer survivors. Patients are encouraged to come together by joining support groups and coming up with initiatives that can help in raising funds for the treatment of brain cancer patients.