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What should you know about brain tumors in adults?

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People between the ages of 65 and 79 make up the population most likely to be diagnosed with a brain tumor. A primary brain tumor is one that originates in the brain, and not all primary brain tumors are cancerous; benign tumors are not aggressive and normally do not spread to surrounding tissues, although they can be serious and even life threatening. Children who receive radiation to the head have a higher risk of developing a brain tumor as adults, as do people who have certain rare genetic conditions such as neurofibromatosis or Li-Fraumeni syndrome.

From: Brain Tumors in Adults WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Brain tumor - primary - adults."

National Cancer Institute: "National Cancer Institute Brain Tumor Study in Adults: Fact Sheet."

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Brain Tumors."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Symptoms."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Brain Tumors Treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia: "Brain tumor - primary - adults."

National Cancer Institute: "National Cancer Institute Brain Tumor Study in Adults: Fact Sheet."

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Brain Tumors."

National Cancer Institute: "General Information About Brain Tumors."

American Brain Tumor Association: "Symptoms."

National Cancer Institute: "Adult Brain Tumors Treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 08, 2019

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