2019 International Brain Tumour Awareness Week by Koya Harvey-Walker

30 October 2019


Cancer. Is there another word that inspires so much fear? The global Pandemic was listed as the second highest killer of humans in 2018 with over 200 types of cancer recorded by the NHS. 1 in 2 of us are expected to develop some form of cancer during our lifetime and almost everyone knows a relative or close one who has been affected by this disease.

Cancer is the development of abnormal ‘cancerous’ cells that divide uncontrollably and can invade and destroy healthy body tissue, including organs. A tumour is a mass of abnormal cells, however, they can be both malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous).

A tumour can be such an overwhelming thing to think about that many of us don’t recognize its signs or take the preventative action needed to reduce our risk of developing an aberrant growth. This week is International Brain Tumour Awareness Week so it’s a great time to start thinking about the best way to diagnose this condition.

What to look out for:

The symptoms of a brain tumour will be different depending on where it is in the brain.

Please see a GP or doctor if you have any of the following symptoms for a sustained period:

  • headaches (often worse in the morning and when coughing or straining)
  • fits (seizures)
  • regularly feeling sick or vomiting
  • memory problems or changes in personality
  • weakness, vision problems or speech problems that get worse