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Spotlight on Brain Cancer

Currently, there is no clear indication on the exact cause of primary brain cancer or tumors. Doctors have identified some factors that may increase your risk.

  • Exposure to ionizing radiation
  • Family history of brain tumors
  • Weakened immune system


Secondary Tumors (Metastatic) result from cancer that originates elsewhere in your body. They then metastasize to the brain. Below are the most common types of cancer that can spread to the brain

  • Colon Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Melanoma

Screening tools include

  • MRI (specialty scans)
  • CT scans
  • PET Scan (Positron emission tomography)
  • Stereotactic needle biopsy
  • Craniotomy
  • Lab tests

Signs & Symptoms

  • New or change in the pattern of headaches.
  • Headaches that progressively become more frequent & severe.
  • Unexplained nausea and vomiting.
  • Blurred vision, double vision, or loss of peripheral vision.
  • Difficulties with balance.
  • Personality changes
  • Seizures
  • Hearing problems

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that concern you. For more info, visit American Cancer Society

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