World Brain Tumor Day is celebrated worldwide every year on 8th of June as an initiative by German Brain Tumor Association in order to evoke awareness and consideration for the people who are suffering from various kinds of tumors globally. It also promotes help and guidance for the caretakers and dear ones of the patients and is widely considered to be an honoring day for the people who lost their lives to it. Hospitals campaigns, awareness activities and different activities are observed globally to fight the cause and create a better living.
The theme of World Tumor Day is to see the people with Brain Tumor as prior and consider their stories as well as to build awareness and the necessity for recognition.
The incidence of central nervous system (CNS) tumors in India ranges from 5 to 10 per 100,000 populations with an increasing trend and accounts for 2% of malignancies. Brain tumors may originate from neural elements within the brain itself, or they may represent spread of distant cancers from any other organ of the body like lungs, breast, kidney or prostate cancer. Primary brain tumor includes Gliomas, meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, and acoustic neuromas.
Manifestations of brain tumor include Headache, Altered mental status, Nausea, Vomiting, Weakness, Gait Disturbance, Focal seizures, Visual changes, Speech deficits, Focal sensory abnormalities. New onset seizures in adults or a headache associated with weakness or numbness of the limbs indicate more towards brain tumor. Rehabilitation and support from friends and family are required for the optimum outcome of the patient in most cases.