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Doctor insights on: Chance Of Getting A Brain Tumor

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How do you get checked for a brain tumor?

How do you get checked for a brain tumor?

See a Doctor.: People worried about having a brain tumor should speak with their primary physician. The first step is a good history and neurologic examination. If there is enough suspicion of a problem an MRI scan with contrast is usually the best way to find a brain tumor. Sometimes a ct scan is done first to make sure there isn't a different cause of the patient's problems. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What are the signs when you get a brain tumor?

What are the signs when you get a brain tumor?

Likely subtle: Until the tumor enlarges, may be very asymptomatic. Presenting signs of mass effect may involve seizures, spells like transient vascular events, gradual focal weakness, or numbness, gait imbalance or incoordination, blurring of vision, dizziness, even headaches out of the blue. ...Read more

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What's the chance of recovery from a brain tumor?

What's the chance of recovery from a brain tumor?

Benign or not?: Benign tumors are often cured, hence deficits have a chance of resolving. Malignant tumors rarely if ever have a chance of recovery. ...Read more

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Do people ever get a rapidly growing brain tumor?

Do people ever get a rapidly growing brain tumor?

Could occur: Most commonly, a low grade glioma can transform into a glioblastoma, accelerating the mass effect. Another fast grower would be a metastatic lesion from a primary cancer, such as lung, skin, breast. Rarely some primary brain tumors can grow rapidly in critical areas, but this is less common. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to get big?

How long does it take for a brain tumor to get big?

Varies: Different tumors grow a dfferent rates however the start small like with a single abnormal cell and the cells reproduce at a rate faster than normal cells and no not die at the same rate as normal cells. This eventually leads to exponential or near exponential growth. In other words, they take a long time to get to a certain size but after they get there they grow more quickly. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I may have a brain tumor?

What are the chances that I may have a brain tumor?

Low: In the abscence of symtoms the chances of having a brain tumor are low. This particularly in the case of the high grade ones which usually evolve over time and have neurological symptoms.
However, it has been estimated based on autopsy studies that up to 10% of the population may harbor a meningioma. These may be so small and clinically insignificant that they are found incidentally on MRI scans. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 23yo female having a brain tumor?

What are the chances of a 23yo female having a brain tumor?

Relatively low not 0: I do not have complete information about your symptoms, but in general, the chances of headaches in someone 23yo being the result of a brain tumor are VERY low--particularly given the huge number of causes for headaches that ARE common in your age group. Consider discussing with your primary doctor or seeing a neurologist for evaluation. Take care, and stay well! ...Read more

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How can I tell if I should get checked for a brain tumor or anyuresm?

How can I tell if I should get checked for a brain tumor or anyuresm?

Symptoms or history: There is no reason to be checked for either of these unless you are having neurologic symptoms that suggest these may be possible or you have a genetic disease that predisposes to one of these. I would discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving brain tumor after it has been treated?

What are the chances of surviving brain tumor after it has been treated?

Depends: Unfortunately your question is difficult to answer without knowing the kind of brain tumor you had and the extent of the tumor's effects in you brain and whether radiation &/or chemotherapy was used adjunctly. Many tumors can be removed fully and have great prognoses, whereas others may be too malignant and carry an extremely poor prognosis. Hopefully that helps. ...Read more

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I think I may have some brain problem like a brain tumor. How do I get treated?

I think I may have some brain problem like a brain tumor. How do I get treated?

See your Dr...: If you are experiencing symptoms and are concerned, see your physician for a complete evaluation. Treatment varies depending on underlying pathology. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a brain tumor from staying on the phone for hours everyday?

No: There are no studies showing any convincing evidence that telephone or cell phone use causes brain tumors. Articles in the lay press to that effect are alarmist. This has been looked at several times and places and no relationship between phone use and brain tumors has been shown. ...Read more

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Not sure what I have but I really need help, would brain tumor symptoms get worse if you think about them?

Get a scan: Thinking will not worsen brain tumor symptoms. Given how relatively rare brain tumors are, it is unlikely for you to have a tumor. Getting worked up about a non existing tumor is unnecessary stress. Getting an mr scan of the brain may be a good solution to end the worries. ...Read more

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What are some signs of a brain tumor? Are there anythings that can be a big warning sign to get checked out?

Confusion,: Dizziness, memory loss, slurred speech, loss of balance, weakness on one side of the body, seizures or blurred or double vision could signal a stroke or brain tumor, so always demand prompt medical action in those circumstances. Isolated headache is rarely caused by brain tumors. ...Read more

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How could a teenager get brain tumor?

How could a teenager get brain tumor?

Second common tumor: Brain rumors are the second most common tumors after leukemia in kids. Approximately 2000 kids are diagnosed with brain tumor in us each year. Most of them are benign and curable by removing through surgery. ...Read more

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Can opthalmoscopy detect brain tumor and what is the chance of opthalmoscopy to detect brain tumor??

Can opthalmoscopy detect brain tumor and what is the chance of opthalmoscopy to detect brain tumor??

Suspicion: Ophthalmoscopy can detect papilledema, or swelling in back of eye, secondary to increased intracranial pressure from an enlarging tumor. However, it would not detect a small early lesion. An MRI or CAT scan would be more useful. ...Read more

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Could someone get a brain tumor in your nose?

No: Brain tumors whether benign such as meningioma or even the more aggressive tumors such as glioblastoma remain confined to the brain. Even the most aggressive tumor will not breakthrough the cribriform plate to enter the nasal cavity. Here lesions arise in nasal mucosa or are from sinuses ...Read more

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Can you get a brain tumor from hitting your head too hard?

No: Extensive epidemiologic studies have not demonstrated a statistically significant association between traumatic brain injury and brain tumors. At one time, meningiomas were thought to be associated with brain injury, but that has not been substantiated. Also, there have not been any experimental models that link the tbi and brain tumors. ...Read more

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Could someone get brain tumor by having several hits to the head?

Could someone get brain tumor by having several hits to the head?

No: There's no increase in brain tumors in professional boxers. There has been some talk of increased meningiomas in boxers but even this isn't consistent. ...Read more

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If I get really bad migraines, could this be a sign of a brain tumor?

If I get really bad migraines, could this be a sign of a brain tumor?

No: Migraine is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Unilateral throbbing headache, dizziness, weakness, visual disturbances, blurry vision, nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, paresthesias and even chest pain may be present during the episodes. It is manageable condition. See your doctor for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more

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Could someone get brain tumor if you get hit in the head hard several times?

Could someone get brain tumor if you get hit in the head hard several times?

Tumor: If by 'tumor' you mean mass, you can get a post traumatic blood clot/bleed that occupies space and has mass. If you mean cancer, then no. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get brain tumor if you get hit in the head hard several times?

Brain tumor: That would be extremely unusual, trauma is not a common cause of train tumors. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get brain tumor if you get hit in the head hard several times?

Is it possible for you to get brain tumor if you get hit in the head hard several times?

Not likely: There is no good evidenct to indicate that truma to the head causes brain tumor. However, repeated trauma to the head can cause other disorders like dementia, epilepsy and psychiatric symptoms. ...Read more

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I have bad memory. I get a lot of my words mixed up and sometimes people don't know what I'm saying. Is this a brain tumor?

I have bad memory. I get a lot of my words mixed up and sometimes people don't know what I'm saying. Is this a brain tumor?

EVALUATE: If this is something relatively new you really want to know now. If it has been this way for years, most tumors don't wait around that long before causing serious trouble. I think you want a neurologist, and if the neurologist says it's normal check in with a psychiatrist and work on it. ...Read more

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Do brain tumor headaches come and go as time goes on or do they slowly get worse over time? Do other symptoms come and go?

Do brain tumor headaches come and go as time goes on or do they slowly get worse over time? Do other symptoms come and go?

Comments: "Brain tumors" are rare, and headaches are NOT usually the presenting signs of a brain tumor. More likely you have migraine or tension headaches, or even dental issues such as TMJ. See your doctor and get this diagnosed and treated. You will feel relieved. ...Read more

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I've complained about headaches for 10 months now they come and go and differentiate if I had a brain tumor would I have known by now? Wat are chances

I've complained about headaches for 10 months now they come and go and differentiate if I had a brain tumor would I have known by now? Wat are chances

Remote: Brain tumors will produce progressively worse symptoms. Besides headaches, nausea and vomiting or seizures can develop. You should seek medical help from a primary care of from a neurologist if the headaches are more frequent than before. ...Read more

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Can you get optic migraines from a brain tumor?

Can you get optic migraines from a brain tumor?

No, but: The visual phenomena of migraines is caused by changes in blood flow as the arteries in the head narrow (spasm). Brain tumors can also cause visual changes, usually loss of peripheral vision, but other visual phenomena similar to migraines are known to occur. Brain tumors are rare; migraines are not. ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...Read more