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World Brain Tumour Day World Brain Tumour Day
by The Ovi Team
2017-06-08 10:30:33
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June 8th; the German Brain Tumour Association is commemorating June 8, as World Brain Tumour Day, with the aim of directing public attention towards this little-known disease. This commemoration day was initialized by the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V. (German Brain Tumour Association) in 2000. Because brain tumours occur rather seldom in comparison to other cancers, they are little-noticed by the public.

tumor001_400But the diagnosis can affect every one of us. In Germany, more than 6,000 people contract a primary malignant brain tumour annually. Worldwide there are 500 incidents daily. The number of patients with brain metastases as a complication of lung cancer, breast cancer and other cancers is even higher. Furthermore, brain tumours are the most common solid tumours in children.

In the fight against brain tumours neurosurgical measures, chemo and radiation therapy, immune and antibody therapy are used. But besides huge progress in the medical treatment of brain tumours, a cure is still rarely possible as the localization of the tumour and its biology make the treatment very difficult.

That is why it is especially important to investigate brain tumours more intense and to improve treatment options. Every small scientific innovation is a success in the fight against this disease and can help to improve the chances of surviving and the quality of life of the patients.

For patients themselves it is important to get broad and relevant information to deal with their disease appropriately and to be aware of their therapy options. The knowledge of different treatment possibilities can lessen the mental pressure and increase the chances of survival.

Together with other organizations, the Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe agitates for the improvement of the patient care and an international transfer of knowledge. The World Brain Tumour Day calls public attention to the situation of brain tumour patients and appeals for solidarity with patients and their dependants. It is also a reminder directed to the responsible persons in the fields of politics and economy to assume their social responsibility.

Active support of research and an increased interdisciplinary collaboration are the ways to develop new therapies and improve the chances of healing. Until that, it is essential to campaign together to advance the quality of life of patients, to give hope and show solidarity—it is essential to send a signal.

A Grey Ribbon as a symbol is aimed to remind of the solidarity with brain tumour patients and was designed in dependence on the Red Ribbon, the global symbol of solidarity with people living with HIV. If you are wearing the Grey Ribbon you show your solicitousness and solidarity with people who are confronted with the diagnosis brain tumour.

 


   
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