Brain Tumor Basics

Brain Tumor Basics

Brain Tumor Basics
There are many types of brain tumors, but the two main categories are primary and secondary. Primary tumors begin in your brain, while secondary (or metastatic) brain tumors spread to your brain from other areas of the body. Brain tumors can be either cancerous or non-cancerous. Either way, when an abnormal mass develops in your brain, it can seriously affect your physical, emotional, and mental health. Currently, there is no way to prevent or predict the development of brain tumors.
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What’s the Cause of Brain Tumors?
What’s the Cause of Brain Tumors?
Researchers are working hard to answer this question.
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Brain Tumor Statistics
Statistics on brain tumors vary depending on whether both cancerous (malignant) and non-cancerous (benign) types are included. About 52,000 people are diagnosed with a benign or malignant primary brain tumor each year in the United States. Men make up more than half of this number, followed by women and then children. Brain tumors are the second-leading cause of pediatric cancer and cancer-related deaths in this country.
Find out about the latest statistics on brain tumors.
Brain Tumor Risk Factors
While the cause is still unknown, there are several factors linked to the development of a brain tumor. Many tumors have a particular age group in which they are most common. In addition, exposure to certain chemicals; radiation therapy; and several inherited conditions, including neurofibromatosis, Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and Turcot syndrome, can increase a person’s risk.
Learn about brain tumor risk factors.
Spinal Cord and Brain Tumor Symptoms
The signs of spinal cord and brain tumors can be highly individual. Depending on the type, location, and rate of growth of your tumor, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Brain tumors can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, lack of coordination, and difficulty thinking and remembering. Spinal cord tumors often cause numbness, sensory changes, and problems with movement and muscle control.
Discover the symptoms of spinal cord and brain tumors.
The Brain Tumor Treatment Team
The most important step in assembling a team of medical professionals is finding individuals who specialize in treating your type of tumor. Depending on the method of treatment — whether surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these therapies — you will work with a neuro-oncologist, neurosurgeon, radiation oncologist, pathologist, social worker, and mental health expert. A physical therapist, speech therapist, and occupational therapist may also be necessary for rehabilitation and after-care.

Scott Hamilton
Professional ice skater Scott Hamilton developed a brain tumor seven years after battling testicular cancer.
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