Thursday, 2 February 2017

Brain Tumor Research

This is a charity shout-out to get some support for Brain Tumor Research. Get ready for Friday 31st March 2017 and dig out your best looking hats for Wear A Hat Day and raise awareness for this much needed medical research.  

Brain Tumor Research is drastically underfunded compared to other forms of Cancer Research and only receives approximately 1% of government funding. The scientists and researches working with this disease are in desperate need of more funding to help them end the threat to our health - just like the good folks working on breast cancer leukemia and other forms of cancer.

Symptoms of a Brain Tumor:

As with many cancers brain tumors have multiple symptoms, especially as they can affect you in different ways depending on where in the brain the tumor is developing.

Common Symptoms:

  • Headaches, Vomiting and Nausea: as the tumor grows it will increase the pressure inside of the skull (also called intracranial pressure) causing these symptoms get worse/more frequent in time
  • Visual Disturbances, Confusion and Fits: these symptoms are also triggered by increased intracranial pressure and will continue to get worse as the tumor grows
  • Loss of balance or co-ordination
  • Numbness or weakness in one or both sides of the body
  • Personality changes: these range from irritability to a complete overhaul in day-to-day emotions, i.e becoming introvert when you were previously out-going, changes in senses, i.e. tastes changing, sensitive skins, stomach upsets, audio problems.
There are also a number of more complex symptoms that may manifest when the tumor is developing in a specific area of the brain, please see Further Symptoms Of A Brain Tumor for more information.

Please do not be alarmed if you experience these symptoms as they are all related to other common illness and ailments. The symptoms described above will be persistent and your doctor will need to rule out any other illnesses, however if you suspect something is wrong the ask for a referral to get it checked out. As with many diseases early treatment is preferable.  

How Can I Support Brain Tumor Research

As with any charity or research awareness and funding are key to developing treatments, support, and in the near future hopefully a cure. Any support that you can give is appreciated by those who need it most. So what is it you can do to help?
  • Register for a Wear A Hat Day fundraising pack and get your colleagues, school or community involved
  • Donate: there are many ways that you can donate on their website
  • Attend one of the many events that happens throughout the year
  • Become an activist and help support the campaigning process
  • Check out the Fundraising page and see if you want to participate in any of the events
  • Spread the word about Brain Tumor Research as many people will be able to at least raise awareness 

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