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What are the warning signs of a brain tumor?

Isaac Yang, MD
Neurosurgery
While there are no clear warning signs of a brain tumor, there are symptoms that a brain tumor can present. Certain diseases such as neurofibromatosis have a higher propensity for brain tumors, for example. Patients who have a systemic cancer such as skin, breast, lung, kidney or gastrointestinal (GI) cancer should also be checked at being higher risk for a brain tumor. Lastly, patients who have a family history of brain cancer are probably also at a higher risk.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Approximately 50% of patients who have brain tumors report headaches. Bear in mind that headaches are very common and brain cancer is very uncommon. It's only very specific types of chronic headaches -- those that wake you up in the middle of the night or in the morning -- that may indicate a brain tumor and should be brought immediately to your doctor's attention.

Additional Warning Signs:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Tingling in the arms or legs
  • Personality or behavior changes
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness

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