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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are many risk factors.

Risks that you cannot change include:

Age - The risk rises as you get older.

Genes - Two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, greatly increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested for the genes.

Personal Factors - Beginning periods before age 12 or going through menopause after age 55.

Other risks include obesity, using hormone replacement therapy (also called menopausal hormone therapy), taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol, not having children or having your first child after age 35, and having dense breasts.

Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in size or shape of the breast, and discharge from a nipple. Breast self-exams and mammography can help find breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. One possible treatment is surgery, which could include a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Other treatments available are radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy. Targeted therapy uses substances that attack cancer cells without harming normal cells.

Men can have breast cancer, too, but it is rare.

The 10-year survival rate is 83%, and the 15-year rate is 78%. If the cancer is located only in the breast, the 5-year relative survival rate of people with breast cancer is 99%. Sixty-one percent (61%) of cases are diagnosed at this stage. If the cancer has spread to the regional lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 85%.

To all the survivors out there, this month is about you! We celebrate your survival and endeavor to help others survive through awareness, education, early detection, and treatment.

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World Brain Tumor Day

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Today is World Brain Tumor Day!

Hey friends! I’m so glad you’ve joined us for another awareness blog post. Today is Brain Tumor Awareness Month, so that will be the subject of our post today. Last month I did an awareness blog post about brain tumors, so for those of you that read it, today will be all new information. Don’t worry; I wouldn’t make you read the same thing twice! There is so much to learn about brain tumors that I have plenty of new material to cover. I hope you guys have all had a wonderful week since our last post. I’ve basically just been running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off since my last post, so, I’m hoping that this next week will calm down so I can get some more research and work done. You guys know how it is. Let’s get to the point, shall we?

Today is World Brain Tumor Day, which is celebrated every year on June 8th all over the world. Every year, countries band together to remember those that were lost to brain tumors, and raise money to fund research and public health programs.

Brain tumors develop when cells don’t go through their life cycle properly. When normal cells age or become damaged, they are supposed to die, and then be replaced by a new healthy cell. With cancer, the cells either start producing even though it isn’t time for that, or the cells don’t die when they have reached their end. The cell growth forms a mass of tissue, which is referred to as a tumor. Sometimes these tumors are benign, meaning not cancerous, and other times they are malignant, meaning that they are cancerous. Today, we’re going to take a look at the different types of brain tumors, and different grades of brain tumors.

Let’s start with benign brain tumors. Benign tumors are generally not dangerous, however, in the brain, even a benign brain tumor can cause very serious health issues. Because the brain is so complex, and controls every aspect of our bodies and how they function, if a benign tumor is pressing on certain parts of the brain it can prevent it from working properly. For this reason, some benign tumors can become life threatening, particularly when in the area of the brain that controls autonomic nervous system functions (such as heartbeat or breathing). Some benign brain tumors may also become malignant. Usually, if the benign tumor is in an area that can be reached with relative safety, doctors and patients decide to remove them to eliminate the possibility it may become cancerous. Most benign brain tumors usually have clear borders or edges, which make them easier to remove, and means that they likely wont invade surrounding brain tissue. Benign tumors can usually be removed, and once they are gone, they probably won’t grow back. Benign tumors are more like flukes, but in some cases they may return. Benign brain tumors do not spread to other parts of the body, the way that cancer does. If you develop a benign brain tumor, it won’t cause benign tumors to start popping up in other parts of your body.

Moving on to malignant brain tumors, aka cancerous brain tumors or brain cancer. Malignant brain tumors contain cancer cells. Cancer cells divide uncontrollably and invade and badly damage surrounding body tissue. Malignant brain tumors are dangerous, and frequently life threatening. Most malignant brain tumors would kill the patient eventually, if left untreated. Malignant brain tumors grow very quickly, and begin to press on or invade the healthy brain tissue that surrounds it. Malignant brain tumors will continue to invade surrounding tissue until there is no healthy tissue left. Cancer cells can also detach from the tumor and get into the blood stream. When cancer cells reach other parts of the body, tumors begin to grow there, too. These traveling cancer cells that begin growing tumors in other areas mean that the cancer is metastatic. Metastatic tumors are kind of like the original cancer setting up colonies in an effort to claim the area. The good news is that most malignant brain tumors don’t metastasize and spread to other parts of the body. Malignant brain tumors that begin in the brain, rather than as the result of a cancer that has metastasized somewhere else in the body, are called primary brain tumors.

There are a lot of different types of primary brain tumors. The three most common types of primary brain tumors in adults are called astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, and meningioma. Primary brain tumors are defined by what kind of cells they come from, or where in the brain they begin. For example, primary brain tumors commonly arise from glial cells, and therefore the type of tumor is called a glioma. Let’s take a closer look at the three most common types of primary brain tumors in a little more depth.

First up, we have Gliomas. As you just read in the last paragraph, gliomas come from glial cells in the supportive tissue of the brain. Two of the three most common types of primary brain tumors, astrocytoma’s and oligodendroglioma's, fall under the umbrella of gliomas. Astrocytomas are gliomas that begin in astrocytes, which are glial cells that are shaped like stars. There are different grades of astrocytomas. Most astrocytomas begin in the cerebrum, in adults. Brain cancer in children has different statistics, so it’s important to specify. Oligodendrogliomas are gliomas that begin in the cells that make the substance that protects and covers nerves. Like astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas also generally begin in the cerebrum. This type of glioma is most common in middle-aged people.

Meningiomas are the other third most common type of primary brain tumors in adults. Meningiomas begin in the meninges, which are found right under the skull, in the outer coverings of the brain. Meningiomas are most often benign, and grow slowly. This type of primary brain tumor accounts for around one third of brain tumors.

There is a grading scale for primary brain tumors. They range from grade I to grade IV. Lower-grade tumors tend to grow more slowly, while higher-grade tumors grow more quickly. Low-grade tumors can grow into high-grade tumors. Grade I tumors are benign. They grow very slowly, and the cells within the tumor look similar to healthy brain cells, but just slightly off. Grade II tumors are malignant. The cells look less healthy than the cells of a grade I tumor. The tumor grows more quickly than a grade I tumor, but just slightly faster. Grade III tumors and malignant, and considered a high-grade tumor. The abnormal cells are growing, and look very different than normal healthy cells. The actively growing cells are called anaplastic. Grade IV tumors are malignant, and very serious. Grade IV tumors grow the fastest, and have look nothing like a normal healthy cell.

There are many other types of primary brain tumors that I haven’t covered here, because the post would be much too long for me to expect anyone to read. I don’t want to write posts that are TLDR, cause then nobody will learn anything. So, I hope you will all understand that I just covered the basics, instead. I will probably eventually get to cover more about primary brain tumors in the future. If you’re interested in reading the first awareness blog post about brain tumors, which covers the basics, just search “brain tumors” in the “search by cause” section of our website. It will show up in the list, along with all other relevant information about brain tumors.

Thanks so much for reading everybody, and I hope you come back next week for another awareness blog post!

If you are a new reader, welcome! I’m so glad you stumbled across us and decided to give us a read. I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to read this. This awareness blog is run and created by Personalized Cause. Personalized Cause is an awareness accessory brand that is known for custom awareness ribbons. In fact, Personalized Cause is the number one source for custom awareness ribbons in the United States. Custom awareness ribbons can be personalized with any name, date, phrase, or message you choose, on any awareness ribbon color you want. The best thing about our custom awareness ribbons is that there is no minimum quantity for purchase. You can buy just one, if you’d like. They’re the perfect way to show somebody that you love and support them, when you may not be able to find the words to say. Illness can be confusing and scary for everyone, not just the patient. A custom awareness ribbon can convey that you are there for them without a single word spoken. They are also a powerful tool for raising awareness, which is kind of our thing. We believe that raising awareness is the first step towards making a difference. Raising awareness is the key to educating the public, raising money to fund research, and helping those who are impacted by the cause.

I hope you’ll join us next week for another awareness blog post!

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Brain Tumor Awareness Month

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Go Gray in May!

Gather ‘round, everyone, it’s time for another edition of the awareness blog! Today’s topic is a very important one, especially to us, here at Personalized Cause. So, today’s post is dedicated to a beloved member of our family, gone but not forgotten. I truly hope that nobody reading this post ever needs to use the information to follow, but if you do, I hope from the bottom of my heart that this post leads to early detection and diagnosis, so that the prognosis is as good as possible. And with that, we’ll begin.

Today’s awareness blog topic is in honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Brain tumors need a lot more than just one month of awareness raising, but there’s no such thing as an awareness year, yet, so this will have to do. A friend of a friend just lost her perfectly healthy husband in his early 40’s. In only a matter of months he went from the picture of health to hospice. That’s why awareness for brain tumors is so crucial, because finding and treating it early can be the difference between life and death. I don’t mean to scare anyone at all, only to iterate how critical it is to know the symptoms and warning signs.

What is a brain tumor? Tumor simply means a mass of abnormal cell growth. Tumors are not always cancerous, or dangerous. There are lots of tumors that are benign, or harmless, and sometimes they don’t even need to be removed. With the brain, however, even a benign tumor in the wrong place can cause problems. But today, we’re focusing on malignant, in other words cancerous, brain tumors. Malignant brain tumors often grow much quicker than benign tumors, making them a particularly progressive and aggressive cancer. Although brain tumors rarely metastasize, meaning that they spread to other organs, they do invade surrounding brain tissue very fast, and may spread to the central nervous system.

One of the trickiest things about detecting a brain tumor early is recognizing the symptoms, because symptoms vary greatly depending on where the tumor is located and what type of tumor it is. The general symptoms of a brain tumor are:

• Persistent, recurring headaches that do not respond to normal headache treatments, such as over the counter pain or migraine medicines. It is very important to note that most headaches are not a tumor. A headache is usually not cause for concern. If you are experiencing frequent headaches in combination with other general symptoms, then it’s a good idea to be seen by your medical provider ASAP. Even then, there are many other health issues that the symptoms could be attributed to.

• Dizziness and fainting, especially in people who do not normally experience dizziness or fainting. (I know that it seems strange to consider dizziness or fainting a normal thing for anyone to experience regularly. I say that because there are a lot of people out there with other medical issues who do experience dizziness or fainting somewhat regularly. For example, I have something called POTS, which means I deal with those symptoms pretty frequently. If I were to experience dizziness or fainting accompanied by a headache, it wouldn’t be particularly worrisome. It’s all about what is unusual to the person. Everyone’s normal is different. Recognizing the symptoms that are outside a person’s normal is key to detection.)

• Vomiting, especially when unexplained and it occurs intermittently over a duration longer than that of a typical cold or flu.

• Motor function impairment is a more serious indication that something is wrong. Sudden motor impairment such as difficulty speaking, walking, or balancing should be evaluated by a doctor.

• Sensory perception changes are another symptom, although many senses naturally get worse as we age. Again, the key here is sudden or unusual changes. This may include a sudden change in vision or need for glasses, a sudden change in hearing, or changes in your ability to taste, smell, or feel (through touch).

• Unexplained paralysis in part of the body, or unexplained weakness in part of the body. You should see a doctor for those symptoms, because they can indicate a wide range of problems not related to a brain tumor.

• Seizures. Always see a doctor if you have experienced a seizure and do not have an already diagnosed medical issue that causes seizures.

• Changes in mood, personality, or thought process. This can manifest in sudden impulsivity, or recklessness, depression, uncontrollable laughter, memory problems, concentration problems, etc.

• Abnormal breathing or pulse. Because the brain regulates breathing and pulse, they can be affected, as all autonomic nervous system functions can be, potentially.

What should you do if you notice these changes in yourself or others? Well, you should definitely see a doctor! Duh! Many of these symptoms can be due to other medical issues, but that’s not an excuse to not be evaluated. The thing about a lot of these symptoms is that they indicate that something is wrong in the CNS, ANS, or brain. Many of these symptoms can occur from autoimmune diseases, as well. No matter what the cause, these symptoms can be warning signs that require treatment in order to prevent further damage or illness. And, of course, this should go without saying, but annual physicals are very important. Routine physicals can give you a baseline for your health, to determine when something is new or different. Physicals can also show general health trends, which can predict future health concerns.

If you’re like a lot of other people, the fear of diagnostic testing can be a total deterrent from making that doctors appointment to get looked at, and as we know, the longer you put off seeing a doctor, the worse the outcome may be. So, what I want to do is go over what many of the diagnostic tools are so that it takes the fear of the unknown out of the picture. Knowing what to expect can seriously help reduce anxiety regarding doctor visits.

The first step in diagnosing any illness is a comprehensive physical. THIS IS A PAINLESS PROCESS! I cannot stress that enough. The worst part about these kinds of physicals is just answering a million questions, and doing a little digging with relatives to find out your family health history prior to the appointment.

They will preform a neurological exam, too, to look for any noticeable signs decreased function. The worst part with those is having a light shined in your eyes, or being cold in your paper gown.

If the doctor suspects there may be a brain tumor, or maybe just to be safe, they will order a CT scan or an MRI. These scans are pretty easy-peasy, and the biggest complaint with them is that they are loud and it may be a tad claustrophobic for some.

Next step in diagnostics is an MRA, or possibly an angiogram. These work by giving the patient some dye so that can use X-rays to image the brain and see blood flow or abnormal blood vessels. This can tell doctors a lot about a brain tumor. As far as angiograms go, they’re not the best and they’re not the worst. Basically, the worst part is just that they have to make a small incision in your arm or leg to thread a catheter into so that they can release the dye. Other than that it’s just a lot of X-rays and imagine. MRA’s are a lot like MRI’s but they are more specifically designed for blood vessel imaging.

The last diagnostic test, which isn’t always ordered, is a biopsy. This is on the scarier side, as far as tests go, just because it involves actually going into the brain to take out a sample of the tumor to determine if it is malignant or benign. As far as your experience with the test, either you will be sedated or numbed, and shouldn’t feel anything.

There you have it; a basic overview of possible symptoms of a brain tumor, what to do if you have those symptoms, and what testing may occur. I hope that all this information is never needed, and that you all go on to live perfectly healthy, and happy lives. If you do end up needing it, I hope this post helps you in some way. Remember, early detection is key. In the wise words of Spock, “live long and prosper!” If you are new to our awareness blog, let me tell you a little about who we are and why we’ve started this blog. Personalized Cause is an awareness accessory company that specializes in custom awareness ribbons. Custom awareness ribbons are a product unique to our company, which allow you to personalize the awareness ribbon color of your choice with any name, date, phrase or message. Custom awareness ribbon pins are a beautiful way to show support, advocate for yourself and others, and raise awareness for whatever cause is close to your heart. We also carry classic awareness ribbons, fabric awareness ribbons, and silicone wristbands.

Personalized Cause started this blog in an effort to raise awareness for as many illnesses as possible. We hope that our readers learn something that helps them to prevent illness in their lives, or helps them to recognize signs or symptoms early so that they are diagnosed early. Prevention and early diagnosis are key to living your best possible life, and we just want you to be happy and healthy forever. We also hope to correct a lot of misinformation and misconceptions out there associated with illnesses or causes, in an effort to end stigma and contribute to a more understanding and accepting culture. We hope you’ll come back next week!

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