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World brain tumor day brings awareness to the public about disease


by Joseph Earnest  June 8, 2012


Newscast Media HOUSTON, TexasThe German Brain Tumor Association is commemorating June 8, as World Brain Tumor Day, with the aim of directing public attention towards this little-known disease.  This commemoration day was initialized by the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V. (German Brain Tumor Association) in 2000 . Because brain tumors occur rather seldom in comparison to other cancers, they are little-noticed by the public.


But the diagnosis can affect every one of us. In Germany, more than 6,000 people contract a primary malignant brain tumor annually. Worldwide there are 500 incidents daily. The number of patients with brain metastases as a complication of lung cancer, breast cancer and other cancers is even higher. Furthermore, brain tumors are the most common solid tumors in children.

In the fight against brain tumors neurosurgical measures, chemo and radiation therapy, immune and antibody therapy are used. But besides huge progress in the medical treatment of brain tumors, a cure is still rarely possible as the localization of the tumor and its biology make the treatment very difficult. That is why it is especially important to investigate brain tumors more intense and to improve treatment options. Every small scientific innovation is a success in the fight against this disease and can help to improve the chances of surviving and the quality of life of the patients.

For patients themselves it is important to get broad and relevant information to deal with their disease appropriately and to be aware of their therapy options. The knowledge of different treatment possibilities can lessen the mental pressure and increase the chances of survival.

Together with other organizations, the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe agitates for the improvement of the patient care and an international transfer of knowledge.

The World Brain Tumor Day calls public attention to the situation of brain tumor patients and appeals for solidarity with patients and their dependants. It is also a reminder directed to the responsible persons in the fields of politics and economy to assume their social responsibility.

Active support of research and an increased interdisciplinary collaboration are the ways to develop new therapies and improve the chances of healing. Until that, it is essential to campaign together to advance the quality of life of patients, to give hope and show solidarityit is essential to send a signal.

A Grey Ribbon as a symbol is aimed to remind of the solidarity with brain tumor patients and was designed in dependence on the Red Ribbon, the global symbol of solidarity with people living with HIV. If you are wearing the Grey Ribbon you show your solicitousness and solidarity with people who are confronted with the diagnosis brain tumor.    Add Comments>>






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