World Brain Tumor Day 2023: Aims to shed light on the challenges facing patients and their families, promote early detection, treatment options and medications, and support research efforts.
World Brain Tumor Day is celebrated every year on June 8 to raise awareness about this deadly disease. The goal of this global event is to educate and raise awareness among people about brain tumors. Each year this occasion is celebrated with a unique theme, however the theme of World Brain Tumor 2023 is “Protect yourself, stay away from stress”.
This day aims to shed light on the challenges faced by patients and their families, promote early detection, treatment options and medications, and support research efforts. Since World Brain Tumor Day 2023 is celebrated on June 8 (today) all over the world, here are some facts to know to keep in mind.
Brain Tumor Facts
1. According to the National Brain Tumor Society, there are more than 100 different types of primary brain tumors, each with its spectrum of presentations, treatments, and outcomes.
2. A primary malignant brain tumor is a rare type of cancer that accounts for only about 1.4% of all new cancer cases in the US.
3. The most common brain tumors are known as secondary tumors, which means they have metastasized or spread to the brain from other parts of the body, such as the lungs, breasts, colon, or prostate.
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4. The risk of a brain tumor increases with age. Headaches that get worse over time are a symptom of many ailments, including brain tumors.
5. Although brain tumors are one of the most common cancers occurring in children ages 0-14, the average age of diagnosis is 59 years.
6. There are different types of primary brain cancer and survival rates vary significantly depending on the type of cancer.
7. Glioblastoma multiforme is the deadliest of all (primary) brain cancers and is widely considered to be incurable and universally fatal, killing 95% of patients within five years of diagnosis.
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8. Only about a third of brain tumors are cancerous. But whether they’re cancerous or not, brain tumors can affect brain function and your health if they grow large enough to press on surrounding nerves, blood vessels and tissue, the Cleveland Clinic states.
9. Approximately 78 percent of cancerous primary brain tumors are gliomas.
10. According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 4,100 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with brain or central nervous system tumors each year in the United States. Only about 5 out of 100,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor each year in the US.
(Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.)