May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month
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Each year more than 23,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with brain cancer and other nervous system cancers, according to federal statistics. These cancers make up a portion of the nearly 78,000 brain tumors diagnosed each year in this country.
There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors. The tumors are formed by the abnormal growth of cells and may be either benign or malignant. Benign brain and spinal cord tumors grow and press on nearby areas of the brain. They rarely spread into other tissues and may recur.
Malignant brain and spinal cord tumors are likely to grow quickly and spread into other brain tissue.
When a tumor grows into or presses on an area of the brain, it may stop that part of the brain from working the way it should. Both benign and malignant brain tumors show signs and symptoms and need treatment.
Tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. Primary brain tumors may spread to other parts of the brain or to the spine, but rarely spread to other parts of the body. Often, tumors found in the brain have started somewhere else in the body and spread to one or more parts of the brain. These are called metastatic brain tumors.
Metastatic brain tumors are more common than primary brain tumors. About half of metastatic brain tumors are from lung cancer.
May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month.
The National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program estimates that more than 16,700 people in the U.S. will die from brain and other nervous system cancers in 2017.
The AACR's mission is to prevent and cure all forms of cancer.
Source: National Cancer Institute