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What increases my risk for brain cancer?

If you have certain cancers in other parts of the body - especially melanoma (skin cancer) orlung, colon, or breast cancer - the cancer can spread to the brain.

Cancer can alreadystart in the brain, although usually doctors can't pinpoint the cause.However, some things mayraise your risk of certain types of brain tumors:

  • Previous radiation therapy of thehead, usually for childhood leukemia
  • Exposure to thechemicalvinylchloride
  • Certain genetic disorders, including Von Hippel-Lindau disease,tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, and Li-Fraumeni, Klinefelter, Cowden, Turcot, Gorlin, andnevoid basal cell carcinoma syndromes
  • Organ transplant
  • AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome)
  • Epstein-Barr virus infection

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