There are certain medical conditions that make us particularly nervous. Cancer is one as is Alzheimer’s disease. Certain cancers even terrify us more because of their rampaging effects. A couple of those cancers are lung cancer and brain cancer (tumors). In this article we’ll deal with detecting brain tumors.
It is fairly well known that early detection of cancer gives a person the best chance for survival. The question becomes “How do I detect a brain tumor?”
Detecting a brain tumor actually is a two-step process.
The first part is your responsibility.
As a tumor grows it will increase pressure that will cause such side effects as headaches, vomiting, and sleepiness and with some people seizures.
Kathleen Hall in “Quality Health,” has posted an article that further explains that brain tumors produce “neurological deficits” that “…destroy brain tissue…exerting pressure on the brain…causing vision, speech and walking problems.”
So the first part is for you to identify your symptoms and to follow-up on them. The question becomes when do I follow up? After all many of us get headaches all of the time. Also to a lesser degree we may have other symptoms.
The key is length of time and consistency. If you have a headache for five days in a row and perhaps it is a little more severe then you should consider at least calling your doctor. They know the questions to ask that might be a little more sophisticated.
We all get the flu at one time or another and there are other problems that may make us throw up. However, if we do five days in a row or if we do in connection with another symptom like a headache then we should call the doctor.
Part two is the doctor’s part.
You’ve done your part when you isolate the symptoms and get in touch with the doctor. Now what he or she will do is run one or all of several tests.
The physician can perform a number of neurological exams that test your vision and hearing and coordination among other things.
They can use a CT scan or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) along with other X-ray/imaging procedures to get an exact look at the tumor.
Also they can use tissue sampling of the offending growth or part of the brain they think is a problem.
There is always a chance that you will not have a problem. In fact most of the time symptoms do not equal brain tumor. However if you would have a brain tumor this is one time you definitely want to catch it early.
“How to Detect a Brain Tumor,” Article, Kathleen Hall, “Quality Health”