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Brain Tumour Myths Debunked

Today, we need just one click and touch on a computer or mobile to get information about anything. Information from all over the world is available on Google and on the Internet. Similarly, information about cancer is available, but the question is how authentic is this information. This is the reason, various myths related to the causes, dangers, symptoms, and treatment of brain tumors are prevalent in many cancers. To give you an insight into the key facts about brain tumors, here are some facts behind some common myths about brain cancer.

Myth 1: Doctors suspect I have a tumor in my brain. It means I have brain cancer. Is it true?

Fact 1: Not every case of brain tumor is cancer. Some tumors are benign, which means they cannot spread to other organs or damage surrounding cells or tissues. Whereas other tumors can cause cancer.

Myth 2: People working in high radiation environments can get brain cancer.

Fact 2: Out of every 100,000 people working in high radiation environments, 2-3 people develop brain cancer, which does not allow it to be included among the common cancer types. There is no research or evidence regarding radiation and brain cancer, but prolonged exposure to radiation can have serious negative effects on overall health and, therefore, should not be treated lightly.

Myth 3: All brain tumors are the similar

Fact 3: No, not all brain tumors are the same. A total of 120 types of brain tumors have been detected so far. Not only this, brain tumors differ on the basis of their size, their location, their onset, and severity.

Myth 4: All brain tumors are caused by the abnormal function of brain cells.

Fact 4: There are 2 types of tumors- one that originates and develops in the brain, which is called primary tumors, and the others which spread in parts of the body such as the lungs, breast, called metastatic tumors. There are secondary tumors that affect the kidney, stomach, and intestine and gradually spread to the brain. Most tumors do not arise from nerve cells, but from the cells that support them.

Myth 5: All brain tumor patients experience the same problems and symptoms.

Fact 5: The symptoms of a brain tumor are based on the level of severity of the disease. In more severe cases, the signs of brain cancer appear early and affect the functioning of the brain in different ways.

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