Could you spot the signs of a brain tumour?
You might not know it but the 14th International Brain Tumour Awareness week is taking place all this week (24th to 31st October 2020).
This event aims to make people more aware of the signs of brain tumours to know when a trip to the GP might be needed. This is more important than ever as the Cancer Research website tells us there were 12,000 cases of brain tumours in the UK alone between 2015-2017.
What are brain tumours?
The NHS describe brain tumours as:
Once found, brain tumours are graded by doctors based on their type and severity.The grades fall into two main groups:
- non-cancerous (benign) brain tumours – these are low grade (grade 1 or 2), which means they grow slowly and are less likely to return after treatment
- cancerous (malignant) brain tumours – these are high grade (grade 3 or 4) and either start in the brain (primary tumours) or spread into the brain from elsewhere (secondary tumours); they're more likely to grow back after treatment”
What are the symptoms of brain tumours?
The symptoms of brain tumours typically include:
- Changes in personality
- Nausea and sickness
- Vision and speech problems
- Weakness down one side of the body.
Brain tumours have been in the news recently with the sad announcement that Tom Parker from boyband ‘The Wanted’ has been diagnosed with a stage 4 terminal glioblastoma (the name given to his specific type of tumour).
Speaking about his initial symptoms with OK! Magazine, Tom’s wife Kelsey recalled him having an unexpected seizure:
Tom has said he is avoiding researching his prognosis and is determined to approach the future with a positive mindset:
Although talking about brain tumours can seem daunting, Tom’s story reminds us just how vital it is that we do. So, let’s carry on the discussion.
- Have you or a loved one ever had a brain tumour? If so, what is your story?
- Do you feel confident in spotting the symptoms of a brain tumour?
- What would your message be to Tom and his young family?
Let us know in the comments below.
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