- Primary brain tumors can be either malignant (contain cancer cells) or benign (do not contain cancer cells). A primary brain tumor is a tumor which begins in the brain. If a cancerous tumor which starts elsewhere in the body sends cells which end up growing in the brain, such tumors are then called secondary or metastatic brain tumors.
- Brain tumors can occur at any age
- Brain Tumor Statistics:
- Nearly 70,000 new cases of primary brain tumors will be diagnosed this year.
- More than 4,600 children between the ages of 0-19 will be diagnosed with a brain tumor this year.
- Brain and central nervous system tumors are the most common cancers among children ages 0-19.
- There are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a brain tumor.
- This year, nearly 14,000 people will lose their battle with a brain tumor.
- There are more than 120 types of brain tumors
- Skin Cancer is the most common of all cancers. About 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, a more dangerous type of skin cancer, will account for more than 73,000 cases of skin cancer in 2015.
- Most basal and squamous cell cancers develop on sun-exposed areas of the skin, like the face, ears, neck, lips, and the backs of the hands.
- Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes – the cells that make the brown skin pigment known as melanin, which gives the skin its color. Melanin helps protect the deeper layers of the skin from the harmful effects of the sun.
- The best ways to lower your risk of skin cancer are to avoid long exposure to intense sunlight and practice sun safety. You can still exercise and enjoy the outdoors while using sun safety at the same time.
- Visit your dermatologist regularly to get your skin checked.