Anyone that has heard Brain cancer been talked about would probably have a gripping fear. The good part however is that there’s a less than 1 percent chance you’ll develop a malignant brain or spinal tumour in your life.
Brain cancer comes in two varieties: Primary tumors, which start in the brain and rarely spread, and secondary tumors, which start elsewhere in the body (typically the lungs or breasts) and spread to the brain.
Over time, brain cancer can impact surrounding brain cells to seriously compromise brain function. And while that’s true of all brain tumours, malignant or benign, cancerous tumours are more likely to spread throughout the brain, and rapidly too.
This perhaps is the reason why malignant tumours require aggressive treatments, including surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.
Here are seven brain cancer symptoms you need to know about.
Headaches could be a sign of a brain tumour, and potentially a cancerous one. If you suddenly have severe headaches or if you’re experiencing nausea or vomiting with your headaches, you should seek attention from a doctor.
While nausea also accompanies migraines, it’s never a bad idea to get yourself checked out, especially if your migraines are new or worsening.
When you’re having a seizure, that means something in the electricity of the brain isn’t right. When cancerous tumours press on the brain cells around them, they can cause electrical signaling problems.
It is possible that you could have a seizure disorder, which is categorized by recurring seizures, rather than a tumour. If you however experience one seizure, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible.
There are a lot of reasons a person could feel nauseous, but if it persists without any concrete explanation, that’s a red flag for brain cancer.
If you’re someone who never feels ill like that and it comes on suddenly and sticks around, especially if you’re over 40, you should seek attention, especially if your nausea is accompanied by the other brain cancer symptoms on this list.
You Don’t See Well
The symptoms of brain cancer sometimes depend on the area of the brain where the tumour is located. So if a tumour happens to be behind your eye, that could compromise your vision.
As such, pay close attention to your eyesight and get your eyes checked out regularly (Preferably every year). A brain tumour could cause blurry vision, double vision, and loss of vision, and even cause floating shapes or spots to appear.
Brain cancer in other areas of the brain can manifest physically as well, and can often throw off a persons balance and motor control. If you feel a weakness or numbness on one side of your body or have trouble dressing, it could be related to a tumour in a certain location.
You can get confused when you’re overloaded with work, not sleeping well, or getting low on blood sugar. But if you have trouble finding the right word, or your friends notice you calling things by the wrong names, you need to talk to your doctor about having a brain scan.
Severe forgetfulness and confusion are other warning signs that the wires are crossed in your brain, potentially due to a tumor.
The frontal lobe is the area of your brain that controls your personality, so brain cancer could literally turn you into a different person. People can actually notice odd behaviours or changes in behaviours with a tumour.