Every year 8th of June is celebrated as “World Brain Tumour Day” to raise awareness among people about the condition, educate people about the consequences and help people who are suffering from a Brain Tumour.
The Deutsche Himtumorhilfe, A German Brain Tumour Association is a non-profit organisation that started in the year 2000 as a tribute to all the patients or brain tumours and their families.
As per the records, the spreading of the Central Nervous System(CNS) in India is 5-10% per 100000 population and it seems increasing generally. Also, Brain Tumours develop when cancer is originated in other parts of the body and spread to the Brain. A tumour is a mass or lump of unwanted tissues that grow in the body and looked like a swelling. All National Cancer Institute tumour is a mass of tissue that results when the cells divide more than they should. A brain tumour develops when the cells in the brain develop in an abnormal way.
~ Risk Factors Associated with Brain Tumour
– The exact reason for Brain Tumour is unknown but it raises an individual’s risk of developing a brain tumour.
1.) Age – Brain Tumour are quite common among children and adults, also they can develop in any age group.
2.) Gender – Mostly men are more likely to develop brain tumours than women, also there are specific types of Brain Tumours like Meningioma that are most common in all women.
3.) Family History – About 5-10% of all cancers are genetically hereditary or inherited. The tumour can be of two types -malignant, which means cancerous, these cells grow and spread to other parts of the body or benign (non-cancerous), these cells do not grow or spread and if removed generally do not regrow. Most brain tumours are non-cancerous (benign) and less than one third are cancerous which can develop at any age. Tumours are graded from 1 to 4 stages, which depends on their location, how rapidly cells multiply and spread to adjacent organs
4.) Industrial / Chemical Exposures – It has been proven that exposures to industrial chemicals pollutants and toxins in the environment lead to Brain Cancer.
5.) Electromagnetic Waves – The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggested the minimum phone use and suggested to the hand-free headset for both adults and children to low the risk level of Brain Tumour.
6.) Head Injury – Several studies reveal that the link between head trauma and Meningioma is associated with the risk of Brain Tumour.
Brain tumours risk is associated with a certain genetic condition such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome, neurofibromatosis, nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, and von Hippel-Lindau.