Friday, June 20, 2008

So What is a Meningioma?

Well, put simply, it is a tumor of the Meninges.

Where are the Meninges? The Meninges are membranes that protect our brain and spinal cords. They consist of thin sheets of body tissue and act as a protective shield to our brains and spinal cords.

Nobody has yet come up with a conclusive reason as to why they occur and research continues to unravel the mystery. Certain possibilities have been put forward, such as mobile phone usage and hormone replacement therapy recently, but as yet nothing is a certainty.

Research so far has concluded that meningiomas make up nearly 1 in 5 of all primary brain tumours, they are most common in women (A strike for me) and they are most likely to be found in people middle aged and older (Another strike for me - middle aged I mean!). Not a lot to go on really considering this affects a large proportion of the human race.

Meningiomas tend to favour the cerebral hemispheres of the brain but can start in any part of the brain or spinal cord.

On the positive side (the side I obviously favour), malignant meningiomas are VERY rare. Most meningiomas are benign (non cancerous) and grow slowly and the cells do not spread from the original site. It is often possible to completely remove meningiomas with surgery but it depends on the location and accessibility.

Until next time - Enjoy Today.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to have found your blog Lynda.
Helped me a lot. Thanks.