ATLANTA, April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Receiving a medical diagnosis can be scary, particularly, if the diagnosis is a brain tumor. A lot of patients and their families automatically equate this diagnosis as a death sentence, when in fact, between safer surgery and recent advances in medical therapies, brain tumors have never been more treatable. Many brain tumors are benign and can be cured with surgery alone, and for all brain tumor patients there is more hope for survival and excellent quality of life than in the past.
According to the National Brain Tumor Society, 688,096 Americans are living with a brain tumor, 550,042 of those tumors are benign. In 2016, 77,670 people are expected to receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis. There are more types of brain tumors than any other part of the body. Common symptoms include new and increasingly strong headaches, blurred vision, loss of balance, confusion, seizures, muscular weakness, impaired speech, personality change, and nausea. However, in some cases, there may not be any symptoms at all. Additionally, brain tumors are often misdiagnosed as other neurologic illnesses, thus patient and physician education is critical.
Unfortunately, due to lack of awareness, most patients have little knowledge of brain tumors and don't know what symptoms to look for. Most of the general public doesn't understand with the advancement of medical technology, procedures and treatment options, a brain tumor may be very treatable. Brain tumor awareness month is a great platform to educate on this category of illness. The goal is to bring public cognizance to brain tumors much like other neurologic challenges, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. The month of May will be used to help educate both the public and physicians on the progress that is being made to help combat this disease.
To help us better understand prevention and treatment options, Dr. Jim Robinson explained "People need to be aware if they develop a neurologic symptom, or daily headaches, it is important to get to medical attention quickly. Early intervention is important as sometimes permanent preventable damage can occur if people delay or are in denial that there is a problem. What you don't know CAN cause you harm. Know that there are people ready to help you, and don't be afraid to get help."
To learn more about Dr. Robinson and his practice, the Brain Expert visit www.brainexpert.com or call 404-254-3160.
About Dr. James Robinson:
James Robinson, M.D. graduated Magma Cum Laude from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Prior to founding his private practice, Brain Expert he was Medical Director of Piedmont Gamma Knife Center, and Chief of Neurosurgery and Chairman of Neurosciences Department for Piedmont Hospital, which he is still affiliated with. Recently, the Robinson's created the Beams of Hope Foundation to continue his mission work by providing promise and care for impoverished brain tumor patients.
SOURCE Dr. James Robinson