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A brain tumor is a collection, or mass, of abnormal cells in your brain. Your skull, which encloses your brain, is very rigid. Any growth inside such a restricted space can cause problems. Brain tumors can be cancerous (malignant) or noncancerous (benign). When benign or malignant tumors grow, they can cause the pressure inside your skull to increase. This can cause brain damage, and it can be life-threatening.
There are many different types of brain tumors. Some brain tumors are benign (noncancerous), while others are cancerous (malignant). Brain cancers can start in the brain (primary brain tumors), or they can start elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain (metastatic brain tumors).
Types of brain tumors.
1. Primary brain tumors: Brain tumors that start in the brain are called primary brain tumors. They can arise from:
a. Brain cells.
b. The meninges, which are the membranes that surround your brain.
c. Nerve cells;
Primary tumors can be malignant or benign. Gliomas and meningiomas are the most prevalent forms of brain tumors in adults.
2. Secondary brain tumors: The majority of brain malignancies are secondary brain tumors. They begin in one section of the body and spread to the brain, a process known as metastasis. The following cancers have the potential to spread to the brain:
a. Cancer of the lungs.
b. Breast cancer.
c. Cancer of the kidneys.
d. Cancer of the skin.
Secondary brain tumors are invariably cancerous. Benign tumors do not spread from one section of the body to another.
Early Waring signs and symptoms of a brain tumor.
The indications and symptoms of a brain tumor differ widely depending on the size, location, and rate of growth of the tumor. Brain tumors can induce a variety of signs and symptoms, including:
1. A new beginning of headaches or a shift in the pattern of headaches.
2. Seizures (especially in adults).
3. Nausea or vomiting for no apparent reason.
4. Vision issues such as blurred vision, double vision, or peripheral vision loss.
5. Loss of sensation or mobility in an arm or leg over time.
6. Struggles with stability.
7. Communication issues.
8. Issues with hearing.
(Note: When a tumor grows and puts pressure on the skull and brain tissue, difficulties might arise. Early treatment can prevent these issues. If you're concerned about any of your symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor).
Write-up Credit: Mayo clinic & Healthline
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