Understanding Adult Brain Cancer

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The most important thing is to differentiate between primary brain cancer which means the cancer that is formed from the brain tissue itself and the secondary brain cancer which develops anywhere in the body and spreads to the brain. The abbreviation PMBT stands for primary malignant brain tumour. The term primary malignant brain tumour is used to refer to various kinds of brain cancer that develops from the brain tissues and central nervous system (CNS). The primary brain tumour rarely spreads outside the central nervous system. However the tumours that have formed outside the brain do spread to the brain.

The cancers of lung, breast, kidney and skin mainly spread to the brain. Around 10 people in every 100,000 tend to develop primary brain tumours in United States. This means around 39,000 people are diagnosed with primary brain cancer every year in United States. Among the 39,000 people diagnosed with primary brain cancer around 17,000 people have tumours that are malignant. In United States around 13,000 people die due to primary brain cancer.

The age – adjusted death rate has increased by 9 percent from brain cancer among both men as well as women in the past 20 to 25 years in United States.

There has been a dramatic increase in the two main forms of brain cancer among the adult population. The brain tumours can develop in types of age groups that are children below the age of four and adults between the ages 65 to 79. The brain tumours among the adults are six times more when compared with children. Apart from neurons, the brain and the spinal cord are made up of number of tissues whose main function is to protect, connect and give support to the nerve tissues. There are 15 different types of tissues in the brain and spinal cord. These 15 different types of tissues can give rise to 15 different types of tumours.

Astrocytomas are the tumours of the supporting cells which have the most common malignant form called glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Neuroblastomas, neurocytomas, and ganglioneuromas are the tumours of neurons.  The meninges are the layer over the brain and spinal cord which protects them. The tumour of meninges is known as meningiomas. The pineal gland, pituitary gland and the choroid plexus are very rare forms of brain tumours. The primary central nervous system consists of constitution of 40.6 percent of Glioblastoma multiforme. It also consists of Astrocytomasmas which are infiltrative around 42.4 percent.

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