Brain Cancer: Is Your Headache a Warning Sign?
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
- Blurred vision
- Balance problems
- Tingling in the arms or legs
- Personality or behavior changes
Brain Cancer Risk Factors
Risk #1: You’re Over 50 Years Old
Brain cancer occurs most frequently between the ages of 55 and 65. If you fall within this age range, be aware if you experience symptoms tied to brain tumors.
Risk #2: Three or More CAT Scans to Head/Neck Area
In general, a CAT scan releases ionizing radiation, which can be damaging. What’s more, data suggests that one-third of all CAT scans carried out in the United States are unnecessary. The research linking three or more CAT scans of the head or neck area to brain cancer was found in people who had a family history of this disease. Be a smart patient if you are in a situation where a CAT scan is recommended and discuss alternative tests, such as an MRI.