First observed by the German Brain Tumor Association in the year 2000, the World Brain Tumor Day is observed every year on 8th of June. The condition is very common in the country with as many as 8000 cases of malignant brain tumor every year.
Over the years, the tumor has been slowly losing its rare status with about 500 new cases diagnosed worldwide every day, affecting the children at large. The number is even higher for the cases that lead to brain metastases. The day is, therefore, observed to spread awareness about the cancer and educate people about its signs, symptoms, and challenges faced by people suffering from it.
What is Brain Tumor and what are its symptoms?
When the cells of the brain start multiplying abnormally and the condition cannot be controlled, it is known as brain tumor. They can be of two major types, known as malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous). However, brain tumor is also graded depending upon its location, how fast it’s growing, and the areas of brain to which it has spread. The grade ranges from 1 to 4.
The signs and symptoms of brain tumor include:
- Persistent and severe headaches
- Constant nausea, vomiting
- Issues with vision and memory
- Behavioral changes
- Problems with speech
Facts about brain tumor:
- The symptoms of brain tumor are varied for every individual but persistent headaches are most common of all
- Brain tumor is not age specific
- The risk factors include family history of the condition and a high dose of X-rays
- Astrocytoma, meningioma, and oligodendroglioma are most common among adults. However, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, and brain stem glioma are most common forms of brain tumor among children
Different forms of treatment for Brain Tumor
The treatment can differ according to the degree as well as the nature of the tumor. Here is a look at few of the different lines of treatment you can witness here;
- One cannot take any precautions against brain tumor as its causes are still unclear despite many researches. However, one can take not of the risk factors and keep a regular tab with the doctor. The treatment of the condition varies on its type (malign/benign), its grade, size, and its position in the brain.
- The patient’s health is another factor that is taken into consideration while deciding upon an approach for the treatment. The most common forms to treat brain tumor are surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, steroids, ventricular peritoneal shunt, and anti-seizure medication.
Why can you do on World Brain Tumor Day 2017?
The occasion is noticed worldwide to create awareness about the cancer and its causes, management, and treatment. Since there are no precautions that can be taken to prevent oneself from the disease, there are also many educational programs that are determined to help people understand the symptoms. They also encourage people to seek medical help if they feel anything about their body is off.
The World brain tumor day also focuses on encouraging individuals suffering from this to join support groups to overcome their stress and anxiety. There are also several campaigns held that tell people to research more about this cancer and prepare themselves better. Many fund-raising drives also take place during this time to raise funds for patients who are unable to afford the treatment.
You can take part in these campaigns to spread awareness or talk to the families of the patients. You can also support patients financially or psychologically by offering your services as a help.
Brain tumor, though not that common, is a fatal disease nonetheless. People, therefore, need to be very aware of its causes and effects as full treatment is still not available for many of its types. The patients suffering from it need both physical and moral support from the people around them, and hence, it is important to help them this day.