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The Lowdown on Brain Cancer

Your brain is one of your most vital organs. It controls your memories, your movements, your emotions, your five senses - basically everything! So what happens if your brain gets sick or injured? For Headache Awareness Week in June, Kidzworld takes a look at what it means to have brain cancer.

Brain Cancer - What Is It?

Brain cancer is what happens when a tumor (a cluster of abnormal cells) grows on or in the brain. Brain tumors can either start inside the brain or spread there from another part of the body. If it starts in the brain, it's called a primary tumor. If it starts from somewhere else in the body, most likely in the lung, kidney, breast, colon or skin, it's called a secondary tumor.

Brain Cancer - Signs and Symptoms

Brain Cancer - Treatment

Depending on how serious the tumor is, brain cancer is treated with surgery, radiation (powerful energy waves like x-rays) and chemotherapy (anti-cancer drugs). Surgery to remove the tumor is risky and isn't always possible because it can damage other healthy parts of the brain.

Brain Cancer - Did U Know?

  • Brain tumors account for 20-25% of pediatric cancers.
  • Certain types of brain tumors are more likely to occur in kids because they grow from "young" cells. Common ones include medulloblastoma, astrocytoma and brain stem glioma.
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jordand08
Sounds like you have a crush. 
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Kaori_46
Talk it through. Ask them out maybe? don't worry about it. It'll work out. If they like you as much as you them, you have nothing to worry about. :)
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PerksBeingABookworm
How do I stop thinking about this guy in my school? Like seriously it's pissing me off. Every time we're in the same room, I have this uncanny awareness of where he is and what he is doing. He makes me want to watch the door of the two classes we have together whenever he enters or leaves the room, he makes me look forward to Art and Spanish and disappointed when he isn't there despite the fact I don't even talk to him much. He makes butterflies surge in my stomach and my heart pound in my ears, he makes me so nervous when I'm around him and I have to keep myself from making shaky movements. He makes me want to stare, but I don't want people to know that I care. (And great, he just made me rhyme as well).And a series of coincidences have resulted in me having to interact with him in Art. Ex). We had to draw a # out of a hat and review someone else's artwork...guess whose I got? And my teacher randomly gave us new tables-so now he sits right across from me. ...this is driving me insane. What do I do? (And I'm praying to God right now that he doesn't go on Kidzworld-if he does I hope he doesn't put two and two-oh look fantastic I rhymed again. I'm not even trying make this STOP I'm not even writing rationally anymore)
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PerksBeingABookworm
"Dpsdps55" wrote:someone likes me and I like them but we dont know what 2 do... plz help!!! P.S if you help thanks soooo much I'm not exactly an expert on this but...why not talk it out with them? Get to know them better and figure out what you both want? I mean, you both apparently feel the same way, that's half the battle.  I can only assume you both are unsure what to do because you guys are hesitant about making a move and actually forming a relationship. I mean, I get it: relationships are scary; though I've never actually been in one, I know the thought of it can be. You're voluntarily making yourself vulnerable to another human being, you're letting someone in to your life in a way that you've never done before, a way that can leave you hurting or actually make your life better.  Humans fear the unknown and crave familiarity, and a new relationship is definitely new territory.  But just because there's the possibility of getting hurt doesn't mean you shouldn't try. Take that plunge into the unknown, let yourself fall, say Geronimo and dive into that waterfall (see what I did there?)-because you'll never know what could be unless you take a chance. 
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Dpsdps55
someone likes me and I like them but we dont know what 2 do... plz help!!! P.S if you help thanks soooo much
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