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What are the signs and symptoms of a brain tumor? And how likely is it for a 20 year old to get one?

What are the signs and symptoms of a brain tumor? And how likely is it for a 20 year old to get one?

Tell us why this ???: Brain tumors are uncommon yet they can occur at any age. You need to give us some background as to why you are concerned about this issue??? Most patients with brain tumors experience persistent headaches which progressively get worse. Other symptoms may include, nausea, vomiting, reduced vision, seizures or loss of function of an arm or leg(uncommon) ...Read more

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Brain Tumor (Definition)

Brain cancer refers to cancer located in the brain. It can occur from a metastasis from a tumor in another part of the body or can originate in the brain. Symptoms of brain cancer include headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. It can sometimes be asymptomatic as, for example, in patients with small cell lung cancer. It is always best to use MRI with contrast to make an evaluation, since using a CT can cause you to miss ...Read more


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Docs just bcuz i got hit n da head with keys & it caused lasceration &1 staple to da right side head& i got 3 CT n 1 year am i goin 2 get brain tumor?

Docs just  bcuz i got hit n da head with keys & it caused lasceration &1 staple to da right side head& i got 3 CT n 1 year am i goin 2 get brain tumor?

Unlikely: There is no significant risk for a brain tumor documented for medically necessary, appropriately performed ct scans. These tests use xrays and in theory could cause a tumor, but the required dose is usually higher. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has to get an MRI after an eye exam that showed his optic nerve is larger than normal. Could this mean he could have a brain tumor?

My 7 year old son has to get an MRI after an eye exam that showed his optic nerve is larger than normal. Could this mean he could have a brain tumor?

More complicated : This is more complicated than yes or no. Let's not jump to the worst thing first. Many reasons can lead to optic nerves that are different. Let's see what is causing this finding. ...Read more

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Severe tension headaches that I have almost everyday and get dizzy. I am worried this might be a brain tumor. Should i be concerned? I am 20 years old

Severe tension headaches that I have almost everyday and get dizzy. I am worried this might be a brain tumor. Should i be concerned? I am 20 years old

Headaches: If you have severe headaches frequently, you should see your primary care physician and/or a neurologist for evaluation. That doesn't preclude feeling concerned, but it could go a long way towards resolving your worries and providing whatever help you might need. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Friend thinks they have a brain tumor they are 20 years old. They think this because they get temple headaches and eye twitching occasionally ?

Friend thinks they have a brain tumor they are 20 years old. They think this because they get temple headaches and eye twitching occasionally ?

Possible, unlikely: Your friend should consult a doctor (personal physician or a neurologist) to get a compete exam. While a brain tumor is possible, there are many other less serious possibilities including migraine headaches (more common in women), cluster headaches (more common in men), vision problems, and others. After exam if nothing serious turns up, consider alternative options such as CBT psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms? 1 year? 2 years?

How long does it take for a brain tumor to grow and cause symptoms?  1 year?  2 years?

Depends: It depends on the type of tumor. Some such as glioblatoma multiforme can grow very rapidly causing onset of symptoms and death within a few months. Others such as a meningioma can grow very slowly and might take decades to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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I am 24 and found out a year ago I had a brain tumor which has been resected could I have had this the majority of my life?

I am 24 and found out a year ago I had a brain tumor which has been resected could I have had this the majority of my life?

Possible: You are very young and therefore may have had the tumor for some time. Different brain tumors grow at different speeds. A low grade tumor is more likely to have been there longer. Check with your doctor about the details of the tumor. This not only can answer your question but quide you on how likely it is to be controlled. ...Read more

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In general, how likely is it for a 21 year old to have a brain tumor?

In general, how likely is it for a 21 year old to have a brain tumor?

Very rare : Although brain tumors are the third leading cause of cancer death in young adults (behind leukemia and lymphoma), the incidence is rare. From 2000-2005 there were 1500 cases of malignant and non-malignant brain tumors in the age range of 20-24(according to seer data). Rate of 4.7/100, 000 years. Bottom line- it's rare. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more