Currently, there is no clear indication on the exact cause of primary brain 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
Screening tools include
- MRI (specialty scans)
- CT scans
- PET Scan (Positron emission tomography)
- Stereotactic needle biopsy
- 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
- 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