June 8th each year is the World Brain Tumor Awareness Day. The “Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.” (German Brain Tumor Association) started this international commemoration day in the year 2000 as a tribute to all brain tumor patients and their families.
A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain. Also known as an intracranial tumor, is an abnormal mass of tissue in which cells grow and multiply uncontrollably, seemingly unchecked by the mechanisms that control normal cells.
Many different types of brain tumors exist. Some brain tumors are noncancerous (benign), and some brain tumors are cancerous (malignant). Brain tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain as secondary (metastatic) brain tumors.
Common Types of Brain Tumors:
3. Optic Glioma
5. Pituitary Tumors
7. Brainstem Glioma
8. Infratentorial Ependymona
9. Cerebellar Astrocytoma
11. Pineal Region Tumors
12. Supratentorial Ependymona
The signs and symptoms of a brain tumor vary greatly and depend on the brain tumor’s size, location, and rate of growth. General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors may include new onset or change in the pattern of headaches, headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe, unexplained nausea or vomiting, and vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision, or loss of peripheral vision, gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg, difficulty with balance, speech difficulties, feeling very tired, confusion in everyday matters, difficulty making decisions, inability to follow a simple command, personality or behavior changes, seizures and hearing problems.
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