Signs and Symptoms of Brain Cancer

Symptoms of brain cancer vary widely depending on the tumour’s size, location and rate of growth. Generally, symptoms appear when there’s an increased pressure on the brain or spinal cord due to a growing tumour.

General signs and symptoms caused by brain tumors include:

  • Headaches. They may be severe and persistent, or come and go that gradually become more frequent and more severe.
  • Unexplained nausea or vomiting.
  • Vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision or loss of peripheral vision.
  • Hearing problems.
  • Gradual loss of sensation or movement in an arm or a leg.
  • Difficulty speaking or remembering words.
  • Personality or behavior changes.
  • Seizures, especially in someone who doesn’t have a history of seizures.

When a specific part of the brain is not working well because of the malignant tumor. Symptoms may include:

  • Loss of balance and difficulty with fine motor skills.
  • Changes in judgment, including loss of initiative and sluggishness.
  • Changes in speech, hearing, memory, or emotional state.
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis in a part of the body.
  • Partial or complete loss of vision.
  • Difficulty swallowing, facial weakness or numbness.

It is important to remember that headaches and feeling nausea are very common symptoms of many illnesses. If these are the only symptoms you have, it is unlikely that you will have a brain tumour. But if you’re worried, be sure to see your doctor as soon as possible.

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