Brain Tumor- Increasing in Childrens.
Nowadays it is seen that small children are getting linked with the dangerous cancer the brain tumor
The reason is that the chemical exposure I have given some details and symptoms about the same.
A brain tumor is a group (mass) of abnormal cells that start in the brain.
This article focuses on primary brain tumors in children.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The cause of primary brain tumors is unknown. Primary brain tumors may be:
· Not cancerous (benign)
· Invasive (spread to nearby areas)
· Cancerous (malignant)
Brain tumors are classified depending on:
· The exact site of the tumor
· The type of tissue involved
· Whether it is cancerous
Brain tumors can directly destroy brain cells. They may also indirectly damage cells by pushing on other parts of the brain. This leads to swelling and increased pressure within the skull.
Tumors may occur at any age, but many tumors are more common at a certain age. However, most brain tumors are rare in the first year of life.
COMMON TUMOR TYPES
Astrocytomas are usually noncancerous, slow-growing cysts. They most commonly develop in children ages 5 – 8.
Brainstem gliomas occur almost only in children. The average age at which they develop is about 6 years old. The tumor may grow very large before causing symptoms.
Ependymomas are located in tiny passageways (ventricles) in the brain, and block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
Medulloblastomas are the most common type of childhood brain cancer. They occur more often in boys than girls, usually around age 5. Most Medulloblastomas occur before age 10.
Symptoms may be subtle and only gradually become worse, or they may occur very quickly.
Headaches are probably the most common symptom. Patterns that may occur with brain tumors include:
· Headache that gets worse when waking up in the morning, and then clear up within a few hours
· Headaches that may get worse with coughing or exercise, or with a change in body position
· Headaches that occur while sleeping and with at least one other symptom (such as vomiting or confusion)
Patients with brain tumors may have a seizure. This may be the first symptom or sign.
Sometimes the only symptoms of brain tumors are mental changes, which may include:
· Changes in personality and behavior
· Impaired concentration
· Increased sleep
· Memory loss
· Problems with reasoning
Other possible symptoms are:
· Gradual loss of movement or feeling in an arm or leg
· Hearing loss, with or without dizziness
· Speech difficulty
· Unexpected vision problem (especially if it occurs with a headache), including vision loss (usually of peripheral vision) in one or both eyes, or double vision
· Unsteadiness and problems with balance
· Weakness or numbness
This will help all the parents to keep some attention on the activities of children so that all goes fine.
Soon I will be writing about its tests.