It’s that time of year again – the time to put on your best hat for Wear a Hat Day!
Wear a Hat Day is a movement that aims to raise awareness about brain tumors. It’s not only important to spread knowledge about what brain tumors are, but also encourage people to support brain tumor research!
What are brain tumors?
When we talk about brain tumors, we talk either about benign brain tumors or malignant brain tumors. These are the two types of brain tumors, and they are very different in nature.
If the tumor isn’t cancerous and doesn’t risk spreading, it’s called a benign tumor. These can often be removed through surgery. Malignant brain tumors are cancerous and have a high risk of spreading to other parts of the brain. In some cases, they can also spread to other parts of the body.
No matter if the tumor is benign or malignant, brain tumors can be serious and sometimes even life-threatening.
Why research matters
Brain tumors are the deadliest type of cancer in children and adults under 40 years of age. The causes are often not known, and there are no clear-cut cures for brain tumors.
Research is key to understanding brain tumors better and eventually finding a cure. However, research about brain tumors costs a lot of money, and in many places around the world it’s not a high priority.
Because of this it’s important to raise awareness about brain tumors and brain tumor research, and if possible support your local organizations and foundations!
Together, we can all help support research in one way or another. Today, let’s all put our best hats on and raise some awareness about brain tumors!