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Tumors that form in the brain can cause a wide variety of symptoms, making it potentially challenging to determine whether they may be the cause of certain medical problems. Symptoms caused by a brain tumor depend size, location, type, and growth rate of the tumor, but some of the most common ones include headaches, seizures, vision and motor problems, and personality changes.
What causes brain tumors?
While there is no clear cause for the development of brain tumors, certain factors could increase a person’s likelihood of getting them. Secondary brain tumors, which spread from cancer occurring in other parts of the body, are more common than primary tumors, which first develop in the brain. A few types of cancer that most commonly spread to the brain include breast cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma (skin cancer).
Gender, age, and family history can affect a person’s risk of developing brain tumors. Men are more likely than women to develop a brain tumor; additionally, brain tumors are most common among middle-aged and older adults. Among children, however, they are more likely to develop before the age of nine. Brain tumors can also develop in people who are repeatedly exposed to ionizing radiation, which can occur if you are already being treated for cancer.