This week is National Brain Tumor Awareness Week. I hope everyone thinks about and supports the cause this week. Spread the word. Brain tumors are out there and if you know someone who has one... let them know you are thinking about them this week.
- Each year approximately 40,000 people are diagnosed with at primary brain tumor. These are tumors that come from the brain rather than are travelers from cancers in other areas of the body.
- There are over 120 different types of malignant and benign brain tumors.
- There are no known causes of primary brain tumors.
- The cure rate for most types of brain tumors are significantly lower than that of other types of cancers because it is severely underfunded.
- Males have a 0.66% lifetime risk of being diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumor and a 0.50% chance of dying from a brain tumor.(6)
- Females have a 0.54% lifetime risk of being diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumor and a 0.41% chance of dying from a brain tumor.(6)
- The glioma family of tumor accounts for 44.4% of all brain tumors.
For more information visit any of the following sites:
American Brain Tumor Association
Brain Tumor Society
Grey is the symbol for brain tumors. To show ultimate support, make yourself a grey ribbon to wear this week. I will have mine. :)