Brain Cancer Causes and Risk Factors
Brain cancer is a malignant tumors growth in the tissues of the brain. Brain cancers can arise from primary brain cells, the cells that originated in the brain or secondary brain cells, which originated elsewhere in the body and spread to the brain through bloodstream or called metastatic brain cancer.
Although many growths in the brain are generally called brain tumors, not all brain tumors are malignant (cancerous). Brain tumors can be benign, with no cancer cells. The major difference between malignant tumors and benign tumors is that malignant tumors tend to be more aggressive than benign types, but both are very serious and can be fatal.
What Causes Brain Cancer?
The exact causes of brain cancer are unknown. However, some studies suggest that there are some risk factors are linked to brain cancer. The risk factors for brain cancer include:
- Being male
- Being ages below of 8 or above 70
- Have a family history of certain genetic disorders like neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and Von Hippel-Lindau disease.
- Exposure to radiation or certain chemicals substance such as Vinyl chloride (chemical used in plastic manufacturing), Akrilonitril (chemical used in rubber industry), and Formaldehyde (chemical used in building materials).