What causes someone to develop brain cancer?

Multi-factorial. The factors help contribute to all tumor development in general 1. Genetics 2. Mutation inducing factors (examples: smoking, drinking, etc). 3. Aging 3. Unknown causes (there are definitely people without family history or obvious "bad habits" that develop brain tumors).
Wish we knew. We know there are many factors which cause cancer. We know there are changes in genes in the dna of brain cells which can cause cancer. What we don't know is what causes that gene to change to start brain cancer. When we are able to identify the inciting event which causes a gene to change (mutate), we may be able to attack or prevent the cause instead of directing treatment at the cancer.

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Can anyone tell me what causes brain cancer in people?

No real answer. No on knows what really causes malignant brain tumors. There are clearly genetics which can be part of the story. There are probably also linkages to environmental exposures, etc....But not have been teased out. There's been a lot of stories about cell phone use....But that has never really been shown to be linked to tumors - we haven't seen a dramatic increase over the alst 20 years. Read more...

If I use handphones too often, will it cause brain cancer?

No. Headphones will not cause brain cancer. Hearing-related injuries to your ear, possibly...Actually probably, especially if the volume is higher than the normal voice. Read more...

What environmental factors, if there's any, that can cause brain cancer?

None are known. The stuff about electric power lines, microwave ovens and cell phones isn't generally accepted by the scientific community and don't fit with what we know about cancer. From time to time there is talk of an epidemiologic link. If ct scans and/or pesticides are placing people at extra risk, the increased risk is not striking. There's inconsistent data for solvents & nitrites. Read more...

If a person has brain cancer that causes speech issues, is it with all or just certain words?

Brain Cancer. What brain cancer causes just speech issues? Do you have such a diagnosis? There are many other more common reasons for speech difficulties. Have you seen a physician about this? A Neurologist? Read more...

Can using earphones all day cause brain cancer?

No. If you're talking about loud volume from using earphones, no known connection between loud noises and brain cancer. There is a possible connection to development of an acoustic neuroma. Read more...

Can frequent cell phone usage cause brain cancer?

No. Ear phone use has not effect on cellular dna and so cannot cause any kind of tumor, including brain tumors. Read more...

Does brain cancer usually cause significant personality changes?

Yes. Depending on the location of the tumor, brain cancers can cause personality changes. Read more...
It can, Depending on the part of the brain involved. Tumors of the frontal lobe or tumors near the frontal lobe causing swelling (vasogenic edema) into the frontal lobe are most commonly associated with personality changes. Read more...

Is it true that cell phones cause brain cancer and other brain-related injures or diseases?

Unclear. Like many other epidemiological links, this one depends on your perspective. My personal view is that the link between cell phone use and brain cancers is extremely weak, but i can't believe cell phone use is good for you. Read more...