This month is Brain Tumour Awareness and Ovarian Cancer Month (March 1st – 31st). It is important to raise awareness on topics such as these as it’ll make people who are suffering with these illnesses like they are heard and not alone. As well as, making people aware of the symptoms so they can keep a look out themselves. 

What is a Brain Tumour?

A brain tumour is a growth of cells in the brain that multiplies in an abnormal, uncontrollable way.

Want to get involved, find out more here – Brain Tumour Research

There are many types of tumours that can be found. Once found, the tumour is graded between one and four on how fast it grows and how possible it may grow back after treatment. One and two tumours are low grades and three and four tumours are high grades. 

These are the two main brain tumours;

  1. Benign Brain Tumour
  2. Malignant Brain Tumour

Here is more information about tumours – About Cancer and Brain Tumours Types 

Symptoms – The symptoms depend on what part of the brain the tumour is. 

Here are the common symptoms; 

  1. Headaches 
  2. Seizures 
  3. Nausea (permanently feeling sick), being sick and drowsiness 
  4. Mental and behavioral changes. E.g. memory issues and personality change 
  5. Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body 
  6. Vision or speech problems   

What is Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian Cancer is where there is cancer within the ovaries and is the most common cancer within women. 

Ovaries –  The ovaries are a pair of small organs located low in the tummy that are connected to the womb and store a woman’s supply of eggs.

Here are some common symptoms;

  1. Feeling constantly bloated 
  2. A swollen tummy 
  3. Discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area
  4. Feeling full quickly when eating
  5. Needing to pee more often than usual 

Find out more – Ovarian Cancer

If you are struggling emotionally with a Brain Tumour or Ovarian Cancer, here are some resources.  

  1. Living With A Brain Tumour
  2. Cancer Information and Support – Ovarian Cancer 

Here are some charities you can support!

  1. The Brain Tumour Charity
  2. Brain Tumour Research
  3. Macmillan
  4. Ovarian Cancer Action

If you have any concerns about your health, please get in contact with your GP.