By Angela Bekiaris
June 8, 2018 marks World Brain Tumour Day, an event celebrated annually to raise awareness to the public and help educate them on this specific type of cancer. On this day, people suffering from a brain tumour are also encouraged to join support groups to reduce stress associated with the illness. While brain tumours are known the most common type of cancer, and many don’t know much about it, it is vital for us not know which signs and symptoms to look out for and know what risk factors are involved.
What Is A Brain Tumour?
A brain tumour is a condition that occurs when the cells in the brain multiply in an abnormal way or a way that cannot be controlled. The tumour can be malignant, meaning it is cancerous, or it can be non-cancerous (benign). According to consumerhealthdigest.com, tumours are graded from grade one to grade four, depending on their location, how fast the cells are multiplying and the spread to adjacent areas/organs.
3 Causes Of Brain Tumours
1. Genetic predisposition
2. Invasive where the cancer spreads to the brain from adjacent parts
3. Receiving radiation to the head in children
Symptoms To Look Out For
Pay attention to this list and know what to look for. While symptoms can vary from person to person, common symptoms include:
• Persistent and severe headaches — migraines
• Persistent nausea and vomiting
• Behavioural and mental alterations — changes in personality and memory problems
• Progressive weakness or paralysis of limbs located on one side of the body
• Speech problems
• Vision problems