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Brain Tumor Facts Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You

Avengers actor Mark Ruffalo and Grey's Anatomy actress Kate Walsh are just two of the many celebrities who suffered from brain tumor in the past. This condition can be deadly and negatively affect a person’s quality of life and family.

There are currently 700,000 people living with a brain tumor in the U.S., according to the National Brain Tumor Society. The number is expected to increase this year with more than 86,000 new cases.

The common symptoms of a brain tumor include vertigo, personality changes, extreme headaches and balance problems. These conditions can be life-disrupting, mainly affecting the daily activities of patients and their relationship with their families. 

Despite the number of people living with a brain tumor and its increasing risk factors, many people still believe in misconceptions about the disease. It could lead to some problems that may negatively affect patient care and treatments. 

Brain Tumor Facts You Need To Know

Doctors Have No Idea Why Brain Tumors Appear

When meeting a doctor, people always hope to understand their condition with the simplest explanation. However, brain cancer is a unique condition that the medical community still considers as a mystery.

Doctors cannot explain what directly causes tumor to develop in the brain. For example, glioblastoma, one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer, appears randomly in people. 

Brain tumor is unpredictable. But there are some factors contributing to its development, such as genetic disorders and exposure to radiation.

No Link Between Mobile Phones And Brain Cancer

Parents always remind kids to avoid using their phones or tablets too much. It is because of the risk of developing a brain tumor. 

But there is no concrete evidence supporting the claim. Cell phones produce very low levels of radiofrequency energy and numerous long-term studies did not find any direct link to cancer.  

“What we can safely say is that over a dozen studies in the literature — large studies, following patients for five to 10 years — have not shown any categorical evidence of increased risk of developing brain tumors with cell phone usage,” Minesh Mehta, deputy director and chief of radiation oncology at the Miami Cancer Institute, told TODAY

Superfoods Are Not Effective To Fight Brain Cancer

Many health magazines or articles have been recommending eating more superfoods, such as blueberries, beans and nuts, to prevent cancer. However, Mehta said none of the known superfood can actually protect people from tumors. 

Keto Diet Is Not A Brain Tumor Cure

Aside from adding certain foods to your daily meal, some experts said replacing your diet with keto could cure glioblastoma. But no study in humans found such health benefit. 

“The idea that you can ‘starve’ glioblastoma through diet is a myth,” Shiao-Pei Weathers, a brain tumor specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said. “Glioblastoma patients need nutrients — including carbohydrates — to keep their bodies strong through treatment.”

Brain Cancer Affects Everyone

There are certain types of cancer that affects specific groups of people. However, brain cancer is a different story since it appears in all ages, genders and ethnicities.

In fact, brain tumor ranked as the second most common cancer among children 14 and younger.

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