May -Brain Tumor Awareness and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

May is Brain Tumor Awareness and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

Brain Tumor Awarenessskin cancer ribbon

Brain Tumor- An abnormal growth of tissue in the brain.

Skin Cancer- Uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells

Here is a brief summary of facts about Brain Tumors:

  • Unlike other tumors, brain tumors rarely metastasize (spread) outside of the brain
  • There are over 120 different types of brain tumors
  • A tumor can increase pressure in the brain, shift brain or push it against the skull and/ or invade and damage nerves and healthy brain tissue.

Here is a brief summary of facts about Skin Cancer:

  • Most common form of cancer
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer the the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • 1in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Most skin cancers are caused from UV rays from the sun.

Signs and Symptoms of Brain Tumors:

  • A new seizure in an adult
  • Gradual loss of movement or sensation in arm or leg.
  • Unsteadiness or imbalance, especially if it’s associated with headache.
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes, especially if the vision lost is more peripheral.
  • Double vision, especially if associated with headaches.
  • Hearing loss with or without dizziness.
  • Speech difficulty of gradual onset.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer:

  1. Actinic Keratosis:
  • Scaly or crusty growths caused by damage from UV rays from the sun.
  • Growths commonly show up in sun exposed areas, such as the face, bald scalp, lips and the backs of hands.
  • Growths are often elevated, rough in texture and resemble warts
  • Often become red, but some will be tan, pink, red and or flesh toned.
    1. Basil Cell Carcinoma:
  • Looks like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps or scars.

  1. Squamous Cell Carcinoma- Uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells arising in the squamous cells ( upper layers of skin).
  • Looks like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with central depression or warts.
  • They may crust or bleed.
  1. Dysplastic Nevi ( Atypical Moles):
  • Unusual benign moles that resemble melanoma.

V. Melanoma: Most dangerous form of skin cancer.

  • Often resemble moles, some develop from moles.
  • Majority of melanomas are black or brown but can be skin colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white.
  • ABCDE’s of Melanoma: A- Asymmetry B- Borders- Borders of early melanoma are uneven. C- Color- Variety of color is a warning signal. D- Diameter- Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than an eraser on a pencil. E- Evolving- Any change in size, shape, color, elevation or another trait or any new symptoms such as bleeding, itching or crusting.
  • Types of Melanoma:
  1. Superficial Spreading Melanoma- Most common type of melanoma. It grows on the top layer of the skin for a fairly long time before penetrating more deeply. It is usually discolored patches with irregular borders. This type usually is diagnosed in younger people.
  2. Lentigo Maligna- Also remains close to the skins surface. Often has a tan, brown or dark brown discoloration. This type is usually diagnosed in the elderly. It is referred to as Lentigo Maligna Melanoma when it becomes more invasive.
  3. Acral Lentiginous Melanoma- Also spreads superficially before penetrating more deeply. Appears as a black or brown discoloration under nails, soles of feet and palms of hands. Most common in African Americans and Asians.
  4. Nodular Melanoma- Usually invasive. Malignancy is recognized when it becomes a bump. It’s usually black but occasionally blue, gray, white, tan, brown, red or skin tone.

Prevention – Skin Cancer:

  • Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
  • Seek shade especially between the hours of 10 am – 4pm.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up.
  • Apply 1oz of sunscreen to body 30 mins before going outside. Reapply every 2 hrs or immediately after swimming or sweating excessively.
  • Examine skin head to toe every month
  • See physician every year for professional skin examination.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun.

Helpful links for more information:

http://www.skincancer.org/

http://www.braintumor.org/

Also if you haven’t already read the previous posts please take the time out to go read!

https://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/march-colorectal-cancer-awareness-month/

https://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/world-cancer-day-my-moms-other-vision-brought-to-light/

https://twistofamillennia.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-promise-kept-my-mothers-story/

About Twist Of A Millennia

I'm a poet and aspiring singer/songwriter/guitarist. I enjoy listening to music, taking photos, playing video games, watching movies, and reading. I also dabble a bit with painting. I'm a dog bather at a dog grooming shop. I love anything to do with animals. I look forward to sharing some of my poetry as well as random blogs on life, animals and music. Here's to the Twist Of A Millennia!

Posted on May 18, 2013, in All Cancer Awareness and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Skin cancer is very dangerous. Since we are exposed daily to the risk and the number one cause is the UV ray. Sunscreen is so important.

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