Where do the tumors start?
Some risk factors for Brain Cancer are:
Age: Although anyone can develop a brain tumor, they are diagnosed more often in either children or the older adult population.
Gender: Men in general develop brain tumors more often than women, but certain types of brain tumors are more frequently diagnosed in women.
Family history: Currently, only about 5% of brain cancer is due to a hereditary or genetic factor.
Race and ethnicity: Data shows that in the United States, gliomas are more frequently diagnosed in the white population, while meningiomas are more common among the African American population
Prior treatment: Radiation treatments with high levels of exposure to ionizing radiation, used to treat certain types of cancer. X-rays, CT, PET-CT and bone scans are types of ionizing radiation as well, and the level of radiation depends on the type of test. Used correctly, the benefits of these tests exceed the risks.
Signs & Symptoms of Brain Cancer are:
Signs and symptoms are different for each patient and may vary depending on the area of the brain affected by the tumor. It’s important to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your physician. Symptoms may include:
Screening & Diagnostic Testing
A complete physical exam and medical history should be done. The exam will check for any unusual physical signs. A complete medical history is also important to fully understand a person’s health habits, family history, previous illnesses, and past exposure. Additional testing may include:
Helpful Patient Resources:
We understand that receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a very scary and it is an emotional time for the patient and their families. It is very important to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your oncologist. We highly recommend that if you do any research about your disease, that you do so only with reputable sources. For your convenience, we’ve listed some below.
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society
National Comprehensive Cancer Network