EDITOR’S NOTE: Kathy Pride is continuing her reporting on diseases that have been covered in the national news media as they relate to ICD-10.The death of Beau Biden, the late son of Vice President Joe Biden, prompted this article.
In the news this week was a sad occurrence: Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died after a tough battle with brain cancer. He was just 46 years old. According to the National Cancer Institute, brain cancer represents only 1.4 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States. Brain tumors occur in both children and adults. After leukemia, brain cancer is the second most common form of cancer diagnosed in childhood. However, over 50 percent of the people diagnosed with brain cancer between 2008 and 2012 were between the ages of 45-74.
Brain tumors occur when cells in the brain grow abnormally, creating what are known as primary brain tumors, or when cancers from other parts of the body spread to the brain, known as metastatic brain tumors. Not all brain tumors are cancerous; however, a benign tumor can still cause many problems by putting pressure on surrounding tissue in the brain.