Brain cancer: How to detect it early

It is a fact that brain cancer is one of the most difficult to detect early on, given that most of the time it can start developing 5 years before any symptom is clearly shown, this is due to the tumor having little space to grow, and symptoms are a consequence of the tumor being big enough to compress different parts of the brain, either way, late or not, it comes with a set of symptoms that range from really apparent to some that might be dismissed, as they are so common it could be anything else, these are:

·       New onset or change in pattern of headaches.

·       Headaches that gradually become more frequent and severe.

·       Unexplained nausea or vomiting.

·       Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision.

·       Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg.

·       Difficulty with balance.

·       Speech difficulties.

·       Confusion in everyday matters.

·       Personality or behavior changes.

·       Seizures, especially in someone who doesn't have a history of seizures.

·       Hearing problems.

The symptoms are directly correlated to the place where the tumor is located, for example, if it is located in the motor cortex of the left side of the brain, a symptom that might arise can be from subtle weakness to loss of sensation on the right arm or leg.

Having established a list of common symptoms, the most common of them all are HEADACHES, which in return makes it extremely difficult to recognize as a symptom, as headaches can be a result of many other problems. To address the problem of the symptoms being treated as results of other illnesses or problems, we have some suggestions, that might help on the early detection of brain tumors:

1-     Establish if there is history within your family of this type of cancer:

One of the best strategies for prevention is to know your family’s health history. In that same sense, the more people you find down your family tree with this specific ailment, the more it is recommendable to get checked for it.

2-     Identify patterns and irregularities:

This sounds complicated, but it’s a matter of identifying how your body normally functions and if there’s something out of the ordinary. For instance, if you don’t usually get headaches, and suddenly you start getting them, and they even progress onto being paired with other of the symptoms in the list, it is advised to get checked, and if you are accustomed to getting headaches, a change in the frequency or pain level might help you decide to get checked.

3-     Follow your gut instinct and/or advice from others to get checked:

Whenever there’s doubt, there’s a feeling of uneasiness that might take away your life quality. If you are not sure whether you might have the problem or not, the best option is to get checked, that way, if there is a tumor, you can get treatment as soon as possible, and if there's not, you can get a peace of mind.

Finally, if you are in need of an expert that can help you identify the problem and help you through it (in case there is one), you can always come to us, and we can use our experience on treating different instances of brain cancer to help you along your way. Working hand in hand is the best way into finding the best possible outcome for your circumstances.

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