Time bomb in the head  

Brain tumours can occur at any age. The exact cause of brain tumours is not clear.

Published: 10th June 2017 06:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2017 06:31 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  Any of your near and dear have these symptoms? Headaches, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, seizures, memory problems, mood and personality changes, balance and walking problems, nausea and vomiting, changes in speech, vision, or hearing?

They may be facing early symptoms of brain tumours. The brain is a soft, spongy mass of tissue. It is the largest and the most complex organ in the body. Brain tumors are worst thing which can happen to this marvellous organ. Brain tumours can occur at any age. The exact cause of brain tumours is not clear.

June 8 is observed as World Brain Tumor every year since 2000. This day first observed by German Brain Tumor Association. It is observed every year throughout the world to spread awareness about brain tumours. 

“A brain tumour occurs when abnormal cells produce within any part of brain. The incidence and prevalence of brain tumor is growing in India. This is the most common type of cancer among children. These tumours constitute approximately 2 percent of all cancers in the country.” said Dr.Savitr Sastri BV, Senior Neurosurgeon, Yashoda Hospitals Somajiguda.

Malignant ones grow fast

There are two types of brain tumours, benign and malignant. Benign brain tumours are noncancerous. Malignant primary brain tumours are cancers that originate in the brain, typically grow faster than benign tumours, and aggressively invade surrounding tissue. “Although brain cancer rarely spreads to other organs, it can spread to other parts of the brain and central nervous system. 

Diagnosis and treatment for brain tumours had great advancement in last few years. People with brain tumours have several treatment options.”  The treatment options are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Many people get a combination of treatments. Treatments are suggested according to their type, grade, and position of tumour and general health of patient.

Unusual personality changes could also be due to brain tumour
- Dr Savitr Sastri 


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