Brain Tumor Facts you may not know:
Doctors often recommend preventive screenings for several cancers based on hereditary or genetic factors but brain tumors aren’t one of them.Primary brain tumors which originate in the brain rather than spreading from another location seem to develop at random and doctors have little insight into who might develop one.Further such tumors don’t even have obvious symptoms until the disease is already advanced.In fact most people know little about brain tumors. So here we shed some light on and raise awareness of a disease that is rarely discussed, but should be
1- Glioma is the commonest primary brain tumour include in In Brain Tumor Facts and originates from supporting brain cells that are called glial cells and 50% of all brain tumors begin as benign tumors.
2-Brain tumors are the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in people under the age of 20, and the leading cause of cancer-related death in people under the age of 14.
3-The most common tumors are known as secondary tumors, meaning they have metastasized, or spread, to the brain from other parts of the body such as the lungs, breasts, colon or prostate.
4-Over 120 different types of brain tumors have been identified, making universally effective treatments complicated According the Brain Tumor Facts sheet. Both malignant and benign tumors can be life-threatening.
5-Another brain tumour called ‘Astrocytomas’ are so named because their cells look like stars ; the word ‘astro’ in Latin means “star”.
6-The most common brain tumors are cancers from other parts of the body (e.g. lung, breast, colon or prostate) that spreads to the brain.
7–According the Brain Tumor Facts sheet this is fact that Primary brain tumors originate in the brain and there are over 126 such tumors listed by WHO.
8-A primary brain tumour usually is restricted to brain and does not spread to other organs. If brain death occurs in these patients, it is possible to donate their organs.
9-In most instances the cause of brain tumor is not known and they do not discriminate among gender, class or ethnicity.
10. Each year approximately 200,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with metastatic or primary brain tumor.
11- Common symptoms of a brain tumor include headaches, seizures, personality changes, eye weakness, nausea or vomiting, speech disturbances, memory loss.
12-The survival from brain tumor at five years is approximately 30%.
13- Brain tumors can be treated by surgery, radiation therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, chemotherapy or by using these in combination.
The most important issue when treating these patients, besides trying to cure them, is to ensure that the quality of life is not compromised.
14-The average survival rate for all malignant brain tumor patients is 34.2 percent According the Brain Tumor Facts sheet.
15-While the cause of primary brain tumors is unknown, some symptoms include recurrent headaches, seizures, personality changes, eye weakness, nausea or vomiting, difficulty speaking or comprehending, and short-term memory loss.
17-Most primary brain tumors have no known cause and are linked to no known risk factors. They affect all races, ages, genders and ethnicities.
18-According the Brain Tumor Facts sheet 200,000 people in the United States diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor each year, approximately 40,000 of these diagnoses are primary tumors.
19-In children are different than those in adults and are therefore treated differently. Survival rates tend to be highest for younger patients, with a five-year survival rate of 666 percent for children ages 0 to 19 years.
20-Although the public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease, the cure rate for most tumors remains significantly lower compared to many other types of cancer due to underfunded research.