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Brain and Spinal Cancer

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The brain and spinal cord are the key components of one’s nervous system. They, like all other systems, are necessary to remain alive and functioning properly. The brain controls everything one’s body does, while specific parts of the brain control different elements of a body’s functions. Movement, balance, breathing, and senses are only examples of what the brain accomplishes on a daily basis. The brain keeps a human being alive. There are no single, known causes for brain and spinal cord cancer, and some patients that have contracted brain cancer have no identifiable risk factors, which are any conditions or substances that have any chance of increasing the risk of developing cancer. High risk factors of brain and spinal cord cancer include radiation exposure, as well as inherited conditions. An example of people with an increased risk with radiation exposure are those that have been exposed to radiation from atomic bombs, such as hiroshima and nagasaki. Other risk factors are cell phones, and a weakened immune system for any reason from having other diseases to taking drugs to suppress the immune system for other medical factors. There is not a way for one to reduce their chances of developing this cancer, though if you find yourself with theses symptoms, it may be a good idea to contact your doctor or another medical practitioner. Symptoms of brain and spinal cord cancer are not likely to show during the first stages of a tumour. When they do appear, it can be very gradual and worsening over a period of time, or they can appear suddenly. The symptoms of brain cancer can include headaches or seizures; digestive problems (nausea, vomiting, reduced appetite, etc); trouble with daily functions, vision, speaking, or hearing; ... ... middle of paper ... ...through mitosis; it is delivered either orally, intravenously, or directly into a tumour. Today’s scientific research and advancement in both knowledge, understanding, and battling of cancer, patients now have a better chance at successful treatment of their diagnosis, and living a longer, happier life in the face of cancer. Works Cited Mao, Y., M. Desmeules, R. M. Semenciw, G. Hill, L. Gaudette, and D.T. Wigle. "Increasing brain cancer rates in Canada." Canadian Medical Association Journal 145.12 (1991): N/A. Print. "What is a brain or spinal cord tumour?."www.cancer.ca. Canadian Cancer Society, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. . "Brain Tumor." Cancer.Net. Conquer Cancer Foundation, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the brain and spinal cord are the key components of one's nervous system. they are necessary to remain alive and functioning properly.
  • Explains that there are no single, known causes for brain and spinal cord cancer. high risk factors include radiation exposure, cell phones, and a weakened immune system.
  • Explains that symptoms of brain and spinal cord cancer are not likely to show during the first stages of a tumour, but they can be gradual and worsening over time.
  • Explains that brain and spinal cord cancer rates have increased in canadians over the age of fifty in the years 1959 to 1988, which could be attributed to advances in diagnostic technology.
  • Explains that the treatment of brain and spinal cord tumours requires the collaboration of multiple doctors to combine different types of treatments.
  • Explains that scientific research and advancement in both knowledge, understanding, and battling of cancer gives patients a better chance at successful treatment of their diagnosis.
  • Describes the different types of brain or spinal cord tumours in canada.
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