Introduction – World Brain Tumor Day is observed every year on June 8 to raise awareness and educate people about brain tumors. A brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in the brain in which some brain tumors are cancerous (malignant) and some brain tumors are noncancerous (benign). A brain tumor that starts in a brain is called a primary brain tumor or cancer which can begin in other parts of the body and spread to the brain is called a secondary (metastatic) brain tumor. The treatment of a brain tumor may depend on the size, type, and location of the brain tumor.
Causes of brain tumor – There is no specific cause of brain tumor is not known yet but several doctors believe that exposure to radiation (X-Rays) for a long period may cause brain tumor. Several believe that gadgets such as mobile phones are causing several types of cancers including brain tumors but the fact is not confirmed.
Symptoms of brain cancer – As per the data provided by National Health Portal, the symptoms of a brain tumor depend on the location of the tumor in the brain. There are several symptoms of a brain tumor are given below –
- Vision problem
- Mental changes can also be observed
Some individuals can feel difficulty in speaking, sensation, and walking if they are suffering from brain tumor.
History – Firstly, World Brain Tumor Day was celebrated on June 8, 2000, by the German Brain Tumor Association (Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe) to support brain tumor patients across the world. It was established in 1998 that has 500 registered members from 14 countries. The main aim of this global day is to provide support and raise funds for helping brain tumor patients and their families.
Theme – The theme of World Brain Tumor Day in the year 2022 is ‘’Together We are Stronger’’ to encourage those individuals who are suffering from a brain tumor.
Significance – As per the International Association of Cancer Registries (IARC), there are about 28,000 cases of brain tumors are reported annually in India. This international day also pays tribute to those persons who are suffering from a brain tumor, their families, doctors, and healthcare professionals that are involved to care for brain tumor patients.