Many brain tumors are treatable and curable if detected early

  • In the Health Services, in 2022 they treated 16 patients with malignant tumors and 1 benign, this year 6 patients with malignant tumors and 1 benign are treated

The “International Day of Brain Tumors” was created with the purpose of raising awareness among the population about the causes, risks and treatment of brain tumors, as well as offering support and solidarity to patients and their families, this date is important for raise awareness and show interest in this type of disease, because although its incidence is not as high as other oncological diseases, they also take lives.

The Director of Medical Care of the State Government Health Services, Dr. Juan Carlos Negrete Ayala, reported that in the Health Services of San Luis Potosí during the year 2022, 16 patients with malignant tumors and one benign were treated, and so far this year care is being provided to six patients with malignant tumors and one benign.

The brain tumor, he explained, is a mass generated by the growth of abnormal cells, it can be non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Due to their origin, they can be primary, that is, generated in the brain, or secondary, due to a spread (metastasis) from other organs of the body, they can be generated by genetic and environmental causes.

Brain tumors cause problems for different reasons, some directly invade and destroy brain tissue, others put pressure directly on nearby tissues, they also increase the pressure inside the skull (intracranial pressure or intracranial pressure) since the tumor takes up space and the skull cannot expand to accommodate it, cause fluid buildup in the brain and block the normal circulation of cerebrospinal fluid through the intercerebral spaces, causing these spaces to enlarge or causing hemorrhage.

Many of these tumors, he indicated, are treatable and curable if detected early, and he commented that among the most frequent symptoms related to brain tumors are: headaches more frequently in the morning, vomiting and nausea, seizures, memory difficulties and concentration, loss of balance when walking, mild or marked changes in speaking, seeing or hearing, general weakness and drowsiness, and changes in mood and behavior.