In one of our previous articles, we learned about cancer and how the rapid growth of cancer cells can form abnormal masses of tissue called tumors. Because of this, people almost always associate tumors with cancer. However, one should understand that not all tumors are cancerous.

Tumors are usually classified into three main groups:

Malignant tumors – these are the tumors that people fear. They are the cancerous types that continue to spread, forming new tumors and harming bodily functions that put people at high risk of death.

Benign tumors – these are tumors that usually pose no threat to human health. This is because, unlike malignant tumors, they do not spread –they remain as is. Benign tumors may be caused by infections, injuries, exposures to toxins (like radiation), diet, or stress.

Pre-malignant tumors – these are tumors that are on the verge of being malignant or cancerous if left untreated. These are tricky to distinguish because they may look like benign tumors at the present time, but will later take on the characteristics of malignant tumors.

Though not all tumors are cancerous, all should still be taken seriously. Tumors are abnormalities and should be inspected for any threats. Dangers like pre-malignant tumors turning into malignant tumors can be avoided when people are vigilant enough to have them treated as soon as possible.

 

Even benign tumors can be dangerous despite being non-cancerous. Some benign tumors may obstruct or press against vital structures like blood vessels or nerves, thus requiring serious medical attention. The danger benign tumors can impose often depends on where they are situated.

Benign tumors, or any tumor for that matter, found in vital areas like the brain will need immediate attention. Since the brain is firmly enclosed by the skull, tumors growing inside its restricted space can cause life-threatening problems. Brain tumors can cause vision problems, changes in mental functions, and even seizures. Surgery is a common treatment for brain tumors, but as one can expect they can be too costly. Anyone who needs treatment for conditions like these should not carry the financial burdens that comes with it.

Help Our Son with Brain Tumor is a recently posted Gava campaign by JR Pineda Martin. In the campaign, JR kindly asks for help to fund the brain tumor treatments of his son, Jan Ellister Martin. Jan is currently on his on his third operation, but he began having vision problems after the first operation. He will soon be needing radiotherapy, and JR is looking for all the help he can get to make sure his son gets better.

 

When someone or someone’s loved one is struck by misfortunes like these, it is easy for them to feel alone. No one deserves these kinds of struggles. Let’s give campaigns like these the attention they deserve, and let people like JR and his son Jan know that there are always people (even strangers) who are willing to lend a caring hand.

 


Image credit:

Featured image: http://www.webmd.com/ 

Brain tumor: www.mayoclinic.org

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/249141.php

http://www.conversantbio.com/blog/the_difference_between_benign_malignant_and_premalignant_tumors

http://www.healthline.com/health/brain-tumor

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/benign-tumors-causes-treatments#1