Every year June 8 is observed as World Brain Tumour Day by brain tumour support groups across the world in order to raise public awareness about the disease. On World Brain Tumour Day 2019, here is all about the day, the disease and the symptoms of brain tumour.
History of World Brain Tumour Day
The German Brain Tumour Association announced the first Brain Tumour day on June 8, 2000. It was brought in with the motive to bring awareness about the disease.
What is Brain Tumour?
A brain tumor is a collection, or mass, of abnormal cells in your brain. Your skull, which encloses your brain, is very rigid. Any growth inside such a restricted space can cause problems. Brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). When benign or malignant tumors grow, they can cause the pressure inside your skull to increase. This can cause brain damage, and it can be life-threatening.
Brain tumors are categorized as benign and malignant. Benign tumours do not spread to other parts of the body and are localised. But malignant tumours grow faster and invade the surrounding tissues.
What are the Symptoms of Brain Tumour?
- Personality or memory changes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleep problems
- Memory problems
- Changes in ability to walk or perform daily activities
- Pressure or headache near the tumor
- Loss of balance and difficulty with fine motor skills
What are the Risk Factors?
• Family history of brain tumour
• Gender (men are more at risk than women)
• Exposure to radiation
• Exposure to pesticides
• Head injury and seizures