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Cavernoma Awareness Day 15th August

What is a cavernoma?

A cavernoma is made up of abnormal blood vessels and can be found in the brain and/or spinal cord and looks like a raspberry. They can measure from a few millimetres to several centimetres. A cavernoma can get bigger, but this engorgement is not cancerous, and does not spread to other parts of the body.

Cavernoma also occur in other areas of the body, such as the spine.


  • A cavernoma is a raspberry-shaped abnormal blood vessel (blood capillary) with thin, leaky walls.
  • Cavernoma are found mostly in the brain and spinal cord.
  • Most people will have no symptoms – these are known as asymptomatic cavernoma.
  • About 1 in 620 people has an asymptomatic cavernoma.
  • Cavernoma can become symptomatic at any age, most commonly when a person is between the ages of 20-40. Only about 160 people in the UK are diagnosed with symptomatic cavernoma each year.
  • Cavernoma can grow and haemorrhage (bleed) at any age, including in young children, when the symptoms normally become more severe.
  • The most common first symptom is seizure (50%), followed by haemorrhage (25%) and neurological deficits (25%) like blurred vision and weakness in limbs.
  • Cavernoma are hereditary in about 25-30% of people who have the condition. These are known as familial cavernoma and tend to form at an earlier age.
  • Those with the hereditary form will probably have more than one cavernoma and will develop more over time. Those with the non-hereditary form (known as sporadic cavernoma) normally have just one cavernoma.
  • The hereditary (familial) form of cavernoma does not skip generations. Each child of an affected person has a 50/50 chance of inheriting cavernoma.
  • Treatment of cavernoma is often to just treat the symptoms (e.g. with anti-epileptic drugs for seizures and epilepsy). However, if the symptoms are severe, or if the risk of a bleed is considered high, then a clinician may recommend either surgery to remove the cavernoma or what is known as stereotactic radiosurgery to zap it with radiation.

Cavernoma Alliance UK provide help, support, fundraising throughout the UK.

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World Humanitarian Day
August 19 2021

World Humanitarian Day on 19th August honours humanitarian aid workers all over the world. Established by the UN in 2009, this day commemorates the anniversary of the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Iraq. 22 people lost their lives, including the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Humanitarian aid workers provide life-saving assistance to suffering people all over the world. Those workers who live in conflict zones or in areas devastated by natural disasters are especially vulnerable.

5 Facts About Why Humanitarian Efforts Are Vital 

  • Millions go to bed hungry every night. According to the 2018 Global Hunger Index, roughly one in nine people starve every night.
  • 65.6 million People are displaced .The staggering figure has only increased from 65.3 million in 2015.
  • Natural disasters affect millions. In 2016, 204 million people were affected in some form by natural disasters.
  • Clean water is a luxury. Over two billion people don’t have access to sanitary water at home.
  • Girls are still not going to school. Girls are discouraged from attending school in Third-World countries, with the World Bank estimating 130 million girls aged between 6–17 who are not enrolled in school.

How to Get Involved in World Humanitarian Day

Donate to a humanitarian organisation

There are humanitarian organisations all over the world in need of resources. If you are able to donate your time to one of these organizations, that’s wonderful. If you can’t, a monetary donation would go a long way in supplementing workers' resources to help suffering communities. Search online for organizations doing humanitarian work, or go directly to the UN’s World Humanitarian Day website for resources to get you started.

Do some humanitarian work in your community

Being a humanitarian doesn’t have to mean traveling to a war zone — the point of humanitarian aid is to alleviate people’s suffering and maintain human dignity. There may be plenty of options for you to do just that close to home. Try volunteering at a homeless shelter, a nursing home, a hospital or a place that serves underprivileged children. 

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