It is very important that you know all the necessary information related to brain tumours so that you can help people who are showing symptoms of brain tumours. Persistent headache or late-onset headache (after 50 years of age), Vomiting Sudden blurred vision, Frequent changes in headache symptoms, Double vision (double vision), Any part of the body Feelings of weakness in the spine and imbalance while standing and walking are some of the symptoms that you need to consult a doctor as soon as you see them. To understand brain tumor better, you must first have some knowledge of the tumor.
Dr Shashi Sekhar Singh, MBBS (KGMU), MCh, Neurosurgeon of Infinity Care Hospital, Varanasi, says that, Tumor is an overgrowth of cells. These tumors can be malignant and can occur in any part of the body. As the name suggests, a brain tumor is a tumor in the brain. There are two types of brain tumors – primary or secondary. Primary brain tumors are those that arise in the brain. On the other hand, secondary brain tumors are those that reach the brain from another organ. Secondary brain tumors are more common than primary brain tumors. In fact, 40% of malignant tumors reach the brain from other parts of the body.
Tumors of the brain and central nervous system are the second most common cancer in children, accounting for about 26% of all childhood cancers. However, most brain tumors are not fatal. In fact, only a third of all cases of brain tumors are malignant. Exposure to ionising radiation and a family history of brain tumors increase the risk of brain tumours. It is very important to detect it at an early stage for better chances of cure.
He goes on to say that most brain tumours are diagnosed using a CT scan or an MRI.Once diagnosed, treatment can be done in a number of ways. Treatment depends on whether the brain tumour is primary or secondary. Low-grade astrocytoma, ganglio glioma, meningioma, swanoma, and epidermoid are some of the brain tumours that can be completely cured through neuronavigation, microneurosurgery, skull base surgery, endoscopic neurosurgery, gamma knife, radiosurgery, and radiotherapy. Therefore, early diagnosis is extremely important and early diagnosis is possible only when people are aware of brain tumor and their symptoms. In this context, World Brain Tumor Day is of great importance every year.
The above mentioned important information is about brain disease and its treatment, which is very important for all people to understand. As a neurologist, it is my appeal to all of you readers to adopt a lifestyle that helps to keep not only your body but your brain healthy as well. Although many things are important to maintaining good brain health, at least you should keep these things in mind:
- Do regular exercise.
- Eat brain-healthy foods like green leafy vegetables, walnuts, etc.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol.
- Try to be mentally active.
- Try to avoid stress in your life.