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If you have a terrible headache that doesn’t seem to go away, two things may come to mind: a migraine or a brain tumor. Before you jump to conclusions, know that primary brain tumors, or tumors that start in the brain, are uncommon. So how do you know if it’s something to worry about?
Diagnosing a brain tumor is not that simple because the symptoms can vary depending on the type of tumor, its size and location. Sometimes a brain tumor can cause a variety of symptoms, but other times there are none.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor:
Brain tumors can be both benign and malignant. In all, there are more than 120 different types of brain and central nervous system tumors. Secondary brain tumors, or tumors that begin elsewhere and spread to the brain, are more common than primary tumors.
Most of the time, the cause of a brain tumor is unknown, but the following factors may increase a person’s risk of developing a brain tumor:
Research is continuing to be done on the cause of brain tumors, but at this time, there are no known ways to prevent a brain tumor through lifestyle change.
If you notice any changes in your health, including the above signs and symptoms, keep track of how you’re feeling and contact your physician. Your physician can help diagnose your condition through an imaging test like a magnetic resource imaging (MRI) or CT scan.
Learn about our Multidisciplinary Clinics for neurological cancer at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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