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Med. Sci. 2017, 5(3), 16; doi:10.3390/medsci5030016

Disparities in Brain Cancer in the United States: A Literature Review of Gliomas

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Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Miami, FL 33199, USA
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Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Department of Cellular Biology and Pharmacology, Miami, FL 33199, USA
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Academic Editor: Paola Piccini
Received: 14 May 2017 / Revised: 10 July 2017 / Accepted: 10 July 2017 / Published: 25 July 2017
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Abstract

In the human body, the central regulatory system of homeostasis is maintained by the brain. Its complexity is mesmerizing and many of its functions are largely uncharted. Unfortunately, its functionality is often impaired through neoplastic growths, like gliomas, which are devastating to patients and their families. Annually, gliomas are the most common primary brain tumours affecting over 20,000 people in the United States. However, despite their status as the third most common cause of cancer related death for individuals between ages 20 and 39, the aetiology of gliomas remains unknown. This paper aims to review the latest information regarding the 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) 4th edition classifications of gliomas, their malignant effects, and disparities within these classifications, as well as identify areas for further research. These suggestions for future inquiry may contribute to a better understanding of the pathology of these cancers enabling improvement in prevention, screening, and treatment. View Full-Text
Keywords: cancer; brain tumour; tumour; gliomas; neurosurgery; neurology; brain cancer; brain tumour; tumour; gliomas; neurosurgery; neurology; brain
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Persaud-Sharma, D.; Burns, J.; Trangle, J.; Moulik, S. Disparities in Brain Cancer in the United States: A Literature Review of Gliomas. Med. Sci. 2017, 5, 16.

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