June 8 is observed as World Brain Tumor day
New Delhi: A report from India says that among the world nations, India is one of them to have the highest number of Brain tumor diagnosis this year. This alarming rise throws a conclusive light on the state of neurological diagnosis and the need to know more about this problem.
“Brain tumors are an abnormal growth of cells in the brain that can spread aggressively to distant parts of the body as well. Tumors that do not spread or invade nearby tissue are called benign, while that one that spread rapidly are called malignant. Benign tumors are less harmful as compared to malignant ones, yet don’t be rest assured- a benign tumor can cause problems in the brain by pressing on nearby tissue and hence need an early diagnosis,” Dr. Sumit Sinha, director of neurosurgery and spine surgery at Paras Hospital, Gurugram reported.
He also explained why cases of brain tumor are increasing in India rapidly that is also contributing a major dent to the complete healthcare system in India. “According to several studies, risk factors for brain tumors are ionizing radiation, from high dose X-Rays such as radiation therapy and other sources. This often causes cell damage, which automatically leads to the formation of a tumor. Other risk factors like a small number of cases have been documented in medical history where there are families that have several members with brain tumors,”, he stated. There should be quick approach from the individuals regarding the symptoms in the first place, while it is extremely important to understand the indications of this deadly disease.
World Brain tumor day is observed on every June 8th worldwide. This day takes a chance for an awareness regarding a few early signs and symptoms described by Dr Sumit Sinha:
If you have malignant brain tumor then seizures are the most common symptoms. A seizure is developed depending upon the location of the tumor and its proximity to the cortical gray matter.
Problem with Vision
Having problems with eyesight is common nowadays. But, if the tumor is located in that area of the brain which manages your eyesight, then affect your vision. Blurred, double, or even loss of vision can be signs of a brain tumor.
Head ache won’t be always due to brain tumor – in fact only a less chance. But it’s worrisome if you experience a new headache, or the pattern changes or becomes more frequent. But the threatening fact is that a brain tumor patient is mostly bound to experience head ache as a symptom.
Dr Sumit says “Don’t panic because treatment is possible and accessible. The correct diagnosis is based on the size of the tumor, along with the general health condition of the patient, making it integral for early brain scans. While it has been found that certain tumors can’t be surgically removed owing to their location in the brain, medication, chemotherapy, and radiation options are often opted for killing and shrinking the tumors. In such situations, early detection and treatment yield better outcomes. If the cases are detected early, then 90 per cent of benign brain tumors are curable.”