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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)

Can cause headaches, weakness, dizziness, seizures, and blurry vision. Also ...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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Are brain tumors hereditary? My brother died of one when I was 2. I'm now 30 & have a 2 year old son. Am I/my son at higher risk of having one?

Are brain tumors hereditary? My brother died of one when I was 2. I'm now 30 & have a 2 year old son. Am I/my son at higher risk of having one?

Brain Tumor Heredity: Begin by sharing your family’s medical history with your primary physician. He or she will want to know the type of brain tumor and your relation to the person with the tumor. Although routine screening for brain tumors is not available as it is for breast or cervical cancer, unusual symptoms—such as headaches or short term memory loss— can be investigated with your family history in mind. ...Read more

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I had a brain tumor removed Dec of last year, it was the size of a fist. It has left me with some numbness on the left side of my body, and heaviness.

Recovery: You are fortunate that removing the tumor did not lead to paralysis (if the tumor was on the other side, it could have taken away your speech too). Recovery can take many months for the first noticeable improvements, but with work and ongoing physical therapy, you may see gradual improvement that can continue for years. Good luck! ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms of brain tumor in a 13 year old girl?

Signs and symptoms of brain tumor in a 13 year old girl?

See below: Brain tumors present with different signs and symptoms depending on the type and location of tumor. General features are headache, vomiting, balance problems, seizures, visual problems etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/brain-tumor/ds00281. ...Read more

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Healthy, 34-year old woman, no hx of cancer, etc.Have occasional vertigo,not very often.How likely to be from brain tumor?No other symptoms.

Healthy, 34-year old woman, no hx of cancer, etc.Have occasional vertigo,not very often.How likely to be from brain tumor?No other symptoms.

Vertigo: Greetings, vertigo by definition is a "spinning/motion" like sensation that is usually accompanied with nausea maybe even vomiting. Usually the origins is in the ear. Some forms of vertigo can come from intracranial problems -cancer fortunately only be a small percentage. More likely causes are "misplaced crystals" within the inner ear, meniere's, viral or even migraine linked. See your ENT doc. ...Read more

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Does a sharp stabbing pain on the top of the head of a 11 year old boy that has been having for about 2 months now indicate a possible brain tumor.

Does a sharp stabbing pain on the top of the head of a 11 year old boy that has been having for about 2 months now indicate a possible brain tumor.

Unlikely: While certain brain tumors can cause headaches, they usually are not so focal. New, persistent headache can best be assessed by in-person medical follow-up with a pediatric neurologist who can perform a complete neurological exam and decide if a brain scan were needed or not, and prescribe appropriate treatments. ...Read more

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My two year old toddler has hit his head so many times since he was a baby. He's fallen of chairs and sofa while playing, can it cause brain tumors?

My two year old toddler has hit his head so many times since he was a baby. He's fallen of chairs and sofa while playing, can it cause brain tumors?

No: We do have a lot of experience with toddlers falling.The most significant association I find is the cut under the chin from hitting some stationary object.There is no association of these common events with brain tumors. ...Read more

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I've had these symtoms for years some within the past Year, could I have a brain tumor ? Symtoms numbered in years 6 * constant / daily migraines 6 *dizziness 6 *vision blurry when dizziness (world spinning) accures 1, leading to not being able f

I've had these symtoms for years some within the past Year,  could I have a brain tumor ?  

Symtoms numbered in years 
 6 * constant / daily migraines 
6 *dizziness  
6 *vision blurry when dizziness (world spinning) accures 1, leading to not being able f

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...Read more

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Can a 20-year-old college student develop a brain tumor?

Can a 20-year-old college student develop a brain tumor?

possible but rare: There are primary brain tumors in children(that didn't come frome somewhere else) but they are pretty rare. Likewise spread of a cancer from somewhere else to the brain in a 20 yr old would be very unusual. ...Read more

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Mydr said99.9%sure i don't have a brain tumor(i have vertigo&headpressure) bc i had clear MRI 1 year ago, do I believe her?She say I have labayrintitus

Mydr said99.9%sure i don't have a brain tumor(i have vertigo&headpressure) bc i had clear MRI 1 year ago, do I believe her?She say I have labayrintitus

Believe her: Sounds like you have had a pretty good work up. We have a saying in medicine - when you hear hoofbeats, look for horses, not zebras. Your doc has already looked for zebras (a brain tumor) and they weren't there. A horse, such as labyrinthitis is much more likely. Trust your doctor. If you don't, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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