Brain Tumor Awareness Month: What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors


May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month – an event sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Society. “It’s Your Fight, It’s Our Fight” is the theme of this year’s event.

Because brain tumors can be so difficult to identify, diagnose and treat, awareness of the problem in the greater community is a key step toward fighting brain tumors.

How much do you know about brain tumors? Here are some of the facts:

  • As many as 688,000 U.S. residents currently live with a brain or central nervous system tumor. In many cases, the brain or central nervous system (CNS) tumor is the primary diagnosis – but in others, the tumor is part of a more complex illness requiring even greater focus on care and treatment.
  • About 63 percent of all brain tumors are benign. Although cancer can cause tumors in the brain, only about 37 percent of diagnosed tumors are malignant, or likely to cause cancerous growths in other parts of the body. Most brain tumors diagnosed in the United States are “benign.” However, a benign tumor doesn’t mean the person who has it is symptom-free. Even benign tumors can cause serious illnesses.
  • Up to 40 percent of cancers that start in other parts of the body move to the brain. Many brain tumor patients didn’t start with a brain tumor – they started with cancer in another part of the body that later moved to the brain. This means that many patients have been fighting a tough medical battle even before their brain was affected.
  • There are many different types of brain tumors. Glioblastoma, astrocytoma, meningioma, pituitary tumors, nerve sheath tumors, lymphomas – although the names can sound imposing, they all mean a tumor in some part of the brain.

Not only can brain tumors cause problems, but the side effects of brain tumors and their treatments can cause a host of difficulties. Head pain, seizures, anemia, fatigue, and issues with thought and memory are just a few common side effects from brain tumor treatment. Patience and compassion are key when you or someone you know is living with a brain tumor.

At Marasco & Nesselbush, we support organizations that focus on brain tumors and brain injuries because we know how devastating the results of these conditions can be. That’s why we strive to help others live their best lives after brain trauma.

If your brain injury resulted from someone else’s act of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Working with an experienced attorney will provide you with an advocate who is committed to fighting on your behalf.

The Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush provide free case reviews to brain injury victims and their families. Call us at 401-443-2999 or fill out a contact form to set up a free legal consultation. We have four offices located in Providence, Wakefield, Warwick, and Woonsocket to easily serve you.