Every year on June 8th, World Brain Tumor Day raises awareness and educates people about brain tumors. This day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000 to create a focal point for allocating resources to research and treat brain tumors.
This date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the first human case of a brain tumor, which was diagnosed by Professor Martin Lewis at University College London in 1952. It has been estimated that over 191,000 people are currently living with a brain tumor and this number is increasing annually.
What are Tumors?
Tumors are lumps of aberrant cells that can develop and spread in any of the body’s cells. Tumors can be malignant or non-cancerous, and they can appear in any area of the body, similarly brain tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Brain cancer is a term used to describe a malignant tumor.
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 pattern of headaches
- Headaches that gradually become more frequent and more severe
- Unexplained nausea or vomiting
- 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 simple commands
- Personality or behavior changes
- Seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures
- Hearing problems
Brain cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the world, and it is expected to become the second most common cancer by 2030. We need to work together to find a cure for this disease, and World Brain Tumor Day is an important step in that direction.
A grey ribbon promotes brain cancer awareness which is a reflection of a person’s “grey matter,”
On World Brain Tumor Day, we commemorate all people who have been affected by brain cancer.