Brain Cancer (also known as Primary Brain Cancer) is a disease of the brain in which Cancer cells arise in the brain tissue. Cancer cells grow to form a mass of Cancer tissue (tumour) that interferes with brain functions such as muscle control, sensation, memory, and other normal body functions.
Brain Metastases only develops if a person already has Cancer. The most common cancers that spread to the brain are:
- Skin (Melanoma)
- Lymphoma (Mainly Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma)
As of 2016, there has been an estimated 3,000 new cases of Brain Cancer and an estimated 2,300 Brain Cancer deaths in Canada (Canadian Cancer Statistics, 2016).