What causes brain cancer?
Brain cancer occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cancer cells in the brain that form a malignant brain tumor. The underlying cause of primary brain cancer, cancer that begins in the brain, is not known. Secondary brain cancer is caused by a cancer of another organ in the body, such as the breast, prostate, kidney, skin, or bone, that has spread to the brain.
What are the risk factors for brain cancer?
A number of factors may increase your chances of developing brain cancer. Not all people with risk factors will develop brain cancer, and some people who do not have risk factors will develop brain cancer.
Risk factors include:
Certain inherited conditions, including neurofibromatosis, Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and Turcot syndrome
Personal history of cancer or family history of brain cancer
Impaired immune system
Radiation therapy of the head
What is brain cancer?
Brain cancer is a serious form of cancer that occurs when there is an uncontrolled growth of cancer cells that form a malignant tumor in the brain.... Read more about brain cancer introduction
What are the symptoms of brain cancer?
Brain cancer may not produce any symptoms in its earliest stage, when it is most treatable. When symptoms occur, they can vary among individuals and differ depending on the stage of advancement and where the cancer is located in the brain.... Read more about brain cancer symptoms
How is brain cancer treated?
Treatment of brain cancer begins with seeking regular medical care throughout your life. Regular medical care allows your health care professional to best evaluate symptoms, such as headaches and numbness, and your risks of developing brain cancer, and promptly order diagnostic testing. These measures greatly increase the chances of detecting brain cancer in its earliest, most curable stage.... Read more about brain cancer treatments