by Leigh Ann Otte
“It’s not a tumuh!” Why is that such a memorable phrase? It remains part of our lexicon over 20 years after Arnold Schwarzenegger cried it out in Kindergarten Cop.
Maybe it sticks with us because it hits on a quiet fear. It gives a welcome catharsis.
Brain tumor. Have you ever wondered, “What if?”
Well, here’s a little reassurance: We have less than a 1-percent chance of developing a malignant brain tumor during our lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Sen. Ted Kennedy was one of the unfortunate few. He had what’s called a glioblastoma, and as the nation found out, it’s incurable. However, life expectancy can be extended further than it could even a few years ago.
In this week’s featured article, you’ll learn how malignant brain tumors are treated and what the future looks like. Things are getting better. Maybe one day, “It’s not a tumuh” won’t be so funny—because it won’t be so worrisome.
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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a professional health writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.