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What are risk factors for brain cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The following are some risk factors for brain cancer:

  • You're Over 50 Years Old: Brain cancer occurs most frequently between the ages of 55 and 65. If you fall within this age range, be aware if you experience symptoms tied to brain tumors.
  • Three or More Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) Scans to Head/Neck Area: In general, a CAT scan releases ionizing radiation, which can be damaging. What's more, data suggests that one-third of all CAT scans carried out in the United States are unnecessary. The research linking three or more CAT scans of the head or neck area to brain cancer was found in people who had a family history of this disease. Be a smart patient if you are in a situation where a CAT scan is recommended and discuss alternative tests, such as an MRI.
  • Heavy Cell-Phone Use: The link between heavy cell-phone use and brain cancer is a highly debated issue. However, bear in mind that cell-phone use is still in its early stages, and the data on its dangers is currently inconclusive. However, it's still wise to follow precautionary measures.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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