May is Brain Tumor Awareness month and we are Going Gray in May to show our support and to raise money to support brain tumor research. Local resident Henry Hodges, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June of 2012. He is now three years out of treatment. Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center staff members will be participating in a walk this week to raise additional awareness about childhood cancer and brain tumors in order to support research that will one day find a cure for these devastating diseases.
According to the American Brain Tumor Association it is estimated that more than 4,600 individuals between the ages of 0-19 will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year. Malignant brain tumors are the most common cause of cancer-related deaths in adolescents and young adults aged 15-39 and the most common cancer occurring among 15-19 year olds.