Brain Cancer: How does it form?

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brain awarenessWhat is Brain Cancer?

This month we also focus on the importance of Brain Cancer awareness. According to the National Cancer Institute, there is an estimated 23,380 new cases of brain and other nervous system cancers in the United States in 2014.

Brain tumors form when there is a buildup of extra cells that often times forms a mass of tissue. This buildup of cells occurs when new cells form when the body doesn’t need them, and old or damaged cells don’t die as they should.  Although brain tumors rarely spread to other parts of the body, most of them can spread through the brain tissue. The main concerns are how fast they spread through the rest of the brain and whether they can be removed and not come back.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are no recommended tests to screen for brain and spinal cord tumors at this time. Most brain tumors are found when a person sees a doctor because of signs or symptoms they are having. For people with certain inherited syndromes, doctors recommend frequent physical exams and other tests starting when they are young.

Sources: National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society