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A brain tumor is the result of abnormal cell growth within the brain or inside the skull. These cell can either be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). More than 35,000 people in the US are told each year they have a tumor which started in the brain.

Malignant (cancerous) tumors:

Benign (non-cancerous) tumors:

The causes of brain tumors are still unclear. Doctors can rarely explain why one person develops the condition while another one doesn’t. However, research has pointed to two factors that could increase a person’s risk of getting a tumor:

Potential causes such as the use of a cell phone or exposure to magnetic fields remain unverified by researchers.

All symptoms of a brain tumor are dependent on its type, size and where in the brain it is positioned (i.e. which nerves it is exerting pressure on).

Common symptoms include:

There are multiple ways to diagnose a brain tumor, and involve neurological examinations, brain scans and potentially the analysis of brain tissue and cerebrospinal fluid. Click here for more information on diagnosis.

The treatment available for brain tumors usually involves one or a combination of the following:

Treatment and success rate is dependent on the size and grade of the tumor, where in the brain it is positioned, and on the patient’s age and health.

Singer Bob Marley, actor Slim Pickens and comedian Pat Paulsen are among celebrities to have suffered from a brain tumor.

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