Doc discuss brain tumours in youths

Sakal Times
Thursday, 8 June 2017

Dr Prashant Khandelwal, Consultant, Department of Neuro-surgery, Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune said that tumours in any part of the brain cause the pressure inside the skull known as intracranial pressure to rise

Pune: On the occasion of World Brain Tumour Day on Thursday, doctors at Columbia Asia Hospital said that spreading more awareness on incidences of cases with a genetic pre-disposition can help in the timely detection and saving lives will be more easy with early diagnosis.

Dr Prashant Khandelwal, Consultant, Department of Neuro-surgery, Columbia Asia Hospital, Pune said that tumours in any part of the brain cause the pressure inside the skull known as intracranial pressure to rise.

The incidence of central nervous system (CNS) tumours in India ranges from 5 to 10 per 100,000 population with an increasing trend and accounts for two per cent of malignancies. It is interesting to note that the average age of people suffering from brain tumours is a decade younger than that of the western population.

“This goes to explain the lower life expectancy and higher proportion of the younger population in India. Improving survival outcomes with newer treatment strategies have increased the concern regarding the quality of life which can be affected by any of the treated modalities or by the tumour itself,” Khandelwal added.

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