Data shows that at least 700,000 Americans are currently living with brain tumors. However, experts say the average person has less than a 1% chance of developing brain cancer or spinal cord tumor, with the main risk factors being radiation exposure, family history, seizures, and exposure to viruses, allergens and infections.
Knowing the warning signs of brain cancer will allow you to obtain the treatment you need as soon as possible and increase your chances of surviving the disease. Below are some symptoms to watch for.
Issues such as blurry eyesight or poor peripheral vision may point to brain cancer. Depending on where the tumor grows, it may exert pressure on the optic nerve and impact your vision. This may lead to blurry vision, double vision, a growing blind spot and even blindness. Reach out to your doctor if you have a sudden change in vision to rule out the possibility of brain cancer.
Although seizures are more commonly associated with epilepsy, they may also point to an undiagnosed brain tumor. Research shows that recurring or worsening seizures may be a sign of brain cancer and that 40–60% of people with brain tumors experience seizures. You may also experience symptoms such as headaches, nausea and vomiting before the seizure occurs if you have a brain tumor.
If you’ve been dealing with searing headaches, you may have a brain tumor. Brain tumors are known to cause morning headaches — headaches strong enough to wake you up at night, headaches that are resistant to pain relievers and that can last days or even weeks at a time.
Brain tumor headaches tend to be accompanied by vision issues, dizziness, loss of balance, a feeling of increased pressure in the back of the head, seizures and hearing loss. Make sure you see a doctor if a headache doesn’t respond to standard pain relievers and lasts several days.
Problems with communication
Scientifically, this is known as aphasia, and it is a common symptom in people with brain tumors. The growing tumor can exert pressure on parts of the brain that are responsible for speech production and comprehension, making it difficult for you to speak, understand others, or read and write.
Feeling a strange sensation in limbs
A brain tumor could also result in weakness, mobility issues or the loss of sensation in a limb. This symptom tends to happen in conjunction with the sudden loss of balance and difficulty walking. You may also feel numbness and tingling in your feet, legs, arms, hands and face.
Brain tumors can be extremely difficult to cure completely, but they can be managed with timely and adequate care. Visit your physician for a checkup if you suspect you have a brain tumor. The available treatments are being improved as more is known about the different brain cancers, and companies such as CNS Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSP) are looking to come up with breakthrough treatments so that more patients can be treated successfully.
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