Brain tumors are the second most common cause of cancer death for men ages 20 to 39. It is the fifth most common cause of cancer for women in the same age group.
Those troubling statistics should be a wakeup call, according to Miami Neuroscience Center medical director Dr. Aizik Wolf. Dr. Wolf is one of the world’s leading authorities on radiosurgery and Gamma Knife, a technologically innovative, noninvasive treatment for brain, head, and neck cancers.
Dr. Wolf said doctors have to do their part to bridge the information gap, but public awareness is a partnership.
“Part of the problem is that too many people don’t have the facts and still believe a diagnosis of brain cancer is an automatic death sentence,” he said. “We have made great strides in developing treatments that are prolonging and saving lives.”
A recent survey commissioned by the Miami Neuroscience Center in Florida, Georgia and Alabama revealed that a surprising number of people are not educated about the symptoms of brain cancer or what treatment options are available when brain cancer is diagnosed. More than 54 percent of the general population and 63 percent of Hispanics cannot correctly identify the leading symptoms of brain tumors. A staggering 74 percent of general population respondents had no idea that there were non-invasive medical procedures available for removing or treating brain tumors.
The Miami Neuroscience Center is offering a free, downloadable tip sheet that is available in English and Spanish. The new pdf, “Brain Cancer and You,” should start a dialogue.
“An understanding of the symptoms is an important first step,” Dr. Wolf explained. “You can’t let fear guide you. Getting the information you need and acting quickly to understand your treatment options can save lives.”
The tip sheet is available at www.miamineurosciencecenter.com.
Internationally recognized for its groundbreaking work in radiosurgery, the Miami Neuroscience Center utilizes the Gamma Knife Perfexion, the only neurosurgical tool specifically designed for noninvasive brain, neck, and cervical spine radiosurgery. Led by Dr. Wolf, the Miami Neuroscience Center team has achieved national and international acclaim for its development of groundbreaking advancements in radiosurgery. The Miami Neuroscience Center is located at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami. For more information about Larkin Community Hospital, visit www.larkinhospital.com.