International Brain Tumour Awareness Week
How to spot the symptoms of a brain tumour | NHGBrain tumours can develop in people of all ages. They can also result in different symptoms depending on where the tumour is in the brain and the rate at which it’s developing.
If you believe you might have a brain tumour, then it’s essential you see your GP, particularly if you have a severe and persistent headache. You may not have a brain tumour, but these types of symptoms should be checked out ASAP.
Symptoms can develop suddenly or slowly over months or even years. General brain tumour symptoms include:
- Headaches, which may be severe and worsen with activity or in the early morning
- Seizures - motor seizures, also called convulsions, are sudden involuntary movements of a person’s muscles. People may experience different types of seizures, including myclonic and tonic-clonic (grand mal). Certain drugs can help prevent or control them
- Sensory - changes in sensation, vision, smell, and/or hearing without losing consciousness
- Personality or memory changes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sleep problems
- Memory problems
- Changes in ability to walk or perform daily activities
Primary or secondary?
According to The Brain Tumour Charity, more than 130 different types of high grade (cancerous) or low grade (non-cancerous) brain tumour currently exist. And every day, every 29 people in the UK are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour, which is a tumour that originates in the brain.
Brain tumours can also be classed as secondary brain tumours, which relate to tumours that have started elsewhere in the body and then spread to the brain.
Spreading the word
With more than 9,000 people diagnosed with primary brain tumours in the UK each year,
(NHS Choices), plenty of on-going research by the likes of The Brain Tumour Charity, as well as awareness raising activities, such as International Brain Tumour Awareness Week, are taking place.
This year’s awareness week is being held from October 21 to 28 and will see people being encouraged to organise activities, including the 2017 Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours. You can find out more about the walk here.
In the meantime, for more practical advice about spotting the signs of brain tumours, understanding them and how to access dedicated information and support, visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk/information-and-support/brain-tumours/understanding-cancer/types-brain-tumour.html