Brain Tumors

Brain tumors are commonly categorized as primary tumors or secondary (also called metastatic) tumors. Primary brain tumors initially form in the brain tissue and can be benign or malignant which means they can be non cancerous or cancerous respectively. Secondary brain tumors are cancers that began elsewhere in the body and spread, metastasized, to the brain tissue.

Statistics                                                                                                                                                   In 2014 it is estimated that 69,720 people will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis. It is important to note that brain tumors can occur at any age or in any gender.  Brain tumors are only second to leukemia as the leading cause of cancer death in children less than age 20. They are also the second leading cause of cancer death in females under 20 and male adults up to age 39.

Tumor Types
There are over 120 types of brain tumors. The most common symptoms include:

Symptoms
Common symptoms include but are not limited to:
Frequent headaches
Vomiting
Loss of appetite
Changes in mood and personality
Changes on ability to think and learn
Seizures

Treatment Options
Standard treatment options include but are not limited to the following:
Surgery
Radiation therapy
Chemotherapy

There have been major breakthroughs in treatment options within the past decade but there is still work to be done.

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