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World Brain Tumor Day (June 8th)

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When a group of abnormal cells collect together and grow in the brain, it is referred to as a brain tumor. Medical advances over recent decades have meant that surviving a brain tumor diagnosis is much more likely that in years past. World Brain Tumor Day seeks to improve public Education about brain tumors and show support to those who have them. 

History of World Brain Tumor Day

The first World Brain Tumor Day was observed in 2020 when the day was founded by the German Brain Tumor Association (Deutsche Hirntumorhilfe e.V.). The purpose of establishing the event was to raise awareness about brain tumors and to encourage communities to provide support to those families impacted by brain tumors. The event is celebrated in Europe and North America, along with other places around the world such as India and Australia.

How to Observe World Brain Tumor Day

Take a look at some of these ideas for observing and honoring World Brain Tumor Day:

Learn More About Brain Tumors

Getting informed is an important part of honoring World Brain Tumor Day. Information and Education can help prepare friends, families and communities to be able to better support one another if they do have such a life-altering experience. The National Brain Tumor Society website provides readers with a great deal of information, videos and resources that can help improve public understanding and awareness.

Consider and share some of these facts about brain tumors in honor of the day:

  • Medical professionals have documented more than 100 different distinct types of primary brain tumors, each with a wide range of symptoms, treatments and outcomes

  • Each year, approximately 94,000 Americans will receive a diagnosis of a primary brain tumor

  • Although frightening, in most cases a brain tumor diagnosis does not necessarily have to be fatal as survival rates can be very high, especially for those under 40 years old

Share Stories and Experiences

Although some people might want to avoid talking about such a sensitive and difficult subject, for others it can be therapeutic to be able to share their story. When individuals are willing to share their brain tumor stories, it can encourage others to know that they are not alone in their diagnosis and struggles. Write in a blog, share stories online, join a support group or find other avenues of bringing to light the journey while offering support and care.

Support a Brain Tumor Charity

One excellent way to do something meaningful in honor of World Brain Tumor Day might be to make a donation or volunteer to support a charity that helps with brain tumor care or research. Consider contacting one of these to get started:

  • American Brain Tumor Association
  • National Brain Tumor Society 
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation 
  • Brain Tumor Network   

Other events that can be observed throughout the year similar to World Brain Tumor Day include Brain Tumor Awareness Month (US) in May, Glioblastoma Awareness Day in July, and Brain Awareness Week in March.   

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