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  • Spread Awareness on this World Brain Tumour Day & Utilize Your Medical Bracelet
    Added by My Identity Doctor
    The term “brain tumor” can actually mean more than a hundred different things—the National Brain Tumour Society [1] states that there are over 120 types of brain tumors, but that they can be broken down into four major categories, as outlined below:
    Image from TumorWarrior on Flickr

    While most people immediately associate brain tumors with cancer (what are known as malignant tumors), there are also benign, or non-cancerous brain-tumors—it is not common for these tumors to become malignant, but it is possible. Benign tumors may cause the same symptoms as malignant tumors, but once they are removed through surgery, they are not likely to come back. These tumors will also not likely spread to other parts of the brain, spinal cord, or elsewhere in the body [2]. Tumors that spread are known as metastatic tumors—a primary tumors is one that begins in the brain, and then metastasizes (spreads) to other areas of the body [1].

    Sometimes, people have no symptoms when a tumor is discovered. However, the most common symptom is recurrent headaches—additionally, symptoms like vision problems, seizures (from the tumor interfering with nerve pathways) can be common signs of a brain tumor. It is important to seek medical attention for additional symptoms that could signal a brain tumor or other disorders, as well, including short-term memory loss or personality changes, coordination issues, and difficulty speaking or understanding others—remember that some of these symptoms could be attributable to other conditions like a stroke, Parkinson disease, or Alzheimer disease, so it is important to see a doctor as soon as you become concerned. Medical imaging will be done, such as an MRI, to diagnose or exclude a brain tumor from possibilities.
    If a brain tumor is present, surgery may used to remove it dependent on size and location—chemotherapy or radiation therapy may also be used if the tumor is malignant. Seizure medications may also be used to control these symptoms if present, as may corticosteroids to reduce inflammation caused by a tumor [3]. Your Doctor will most likely suggest some sort of medical ID bracelet to be worn.  Any style of medical ID will work and it’s a personal preference.
    For more information on brain tumor, visit the National Brain Tumour Society. If you are living with, have a family or friend with, or are caring for someone with a brain tumor, consider exploring resources, such as the Navigator, at
    For more information on medical alert jewelry for men and medical ID bracelets, please visit our primary medical jewelry website
    Published by My Identity Doctor on June 8, 2015


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