Cancer is one disease that affects many of us. There is a good possibility that any of us may be affected by cancer either through a family member or friend. Each cancer seems to have its own color as well, pink for breast cancer, blue for prostate cancer, and grey for brain cancer. Because of the affect cancer has on society, there are many events organized to promote awareness. This is the case in Canada as October is Brain Tumor Awareness Month in.
Brain tumor facts like facts of other cancers are disturbing. Some of these facts include the following:
An estimated 55,000 Canadians and 700,000 Americans  live with a brain tumor
There are over 120 different types of brain tumours, making effective treatment very complicated.
The most common type of primary malignant brain tumour is glioblastoma. Average survival, even with aggressive treatment, is less than one year.
Because brain tumours are located at the control centre of the body that deals with thought, emotion, and movement, they can dramatically affect an individual’s physical and cognitive abilities and quality of life.
Like every disease signs and symptoms will be different for each person. Here are some of the symptoms of a tumor:
- Behavioral and cognitive changes
- Issues with vision
- Frequent headaches
- Issues with hearing
- Morning nausea and vomiting
Brain tumours are one of the most dangerous cancers: if not treated in a prompt manner, a brain tumor can be fatal. Because of this we need to pay attention to those we care about, keeping an eye out for symptoms–symptoms of a brain tumor can also be that of a number of illnesses that may be serious–so don’t delay seeking medical attention for these symptoms.
As mentioned Brain Tumor awareness campaigns are represented by a grey ribbon, which you can get from My Identity Doctor. Also if you also suffer from a brain tumor, or know of someone who is living with brain cancer, take a look at our primary medical jewelry website My Identity Doctor. Pick something for yourself or a gift for someone you care about to ensure safety in a medical emergency.