A brain tumor is a mass, or lump, in the brain that occurs when brain cells divide and grow out of control.
But what are the signs of the serious condition and how easy are they to spot? Here’s what we know and what to look out for…
What is a brain tumor?
A brain tumor is a growth of abnormal cells that grows on the organ and multiplies and spreads uncontrollably.
The growths can be benign, noncancerous, grow slowly, and are unlikely to recur with treatment.
However, cancerous brain tumors are more serious, and some can start in the brain or spread from cancer elsewhere in the body.
Brain tumors are also graded according to their severity, with grade one and grade two tumors considered low risk.
While third and fourth degree tumors are considered high risk and likely to return after treatment.
What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
According to the NHS, the symptoms of a brain tumor depend on how severe it is and what part of the brain is affected.
However, there are general signs that people can look out for when they are concerned.
These include severe, persistent headaches, seizures, and nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.
Other signs can include vision or speech problems, paralysis, and even a person’s behavior changes, such as: B. Difficulty remembering things.
These symptoms can come on suddenly or develop slowly over time.
The brain tumor charity has more information on symptoms on their website.
Who is more at risk of developing a brain tumor?
Anyone can develop a brain tumor, but research has shown that there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one.
People who have previously had cancer are at greater risk, as are the elderly and people with a family history of brain cancer.
People with HIV/AIDS are also twice as likely to develop a brain tumor, and exposure to certain types of radiation is also responsible for some growths.
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How can doctors treat brain tumors?
Treatment for brain tumors depends on where they are and how far they have progressed.
However, the main treatment options include steroids, which can help reduce swelling around a tumor.
This can be continued with surgery to remove the tumor if safe to do so.
Other treatment options include chemotherapy and radiation therapy to get rid of any remaining cells left behind by the surgery.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/893600/brain-tumour-signs-cause-symptoms/ What is a brain tumor and what are the symptoms? – The Irish sun