A brain tumor is a mass formed by a collection of abnormal cells in your brain. Your brain is protected by a strong skull. Any growth in such a tiny area might cause issues. Brain tumors are classified as either malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous) (benign). When benign or malignant tumors grow in size, the pressure within your skull may increase. This may cause brain damage, which is potentially deadly.
A risk factor is anything that increases a person's chances of developing a brain tumor. Although risk factors have a role in the formation of a brain tumor, some of them do not result in the development of one. Some individuals with a variety of risk factors never get a brain tumor, whereas others with none do. Knowing your risk factors and talking about them with your doctor might help you make better choices. However, the chance of developing a brain tumor may be minimized by changing one's lifestyle.
The cause of a brain tumor is largely unknown, however the following variables may enhance a person's chances of developing one:
1. Exposure to harmful chemicals.
Certain toxins, such as those present in the workplace, may increase your chances of getting brain cancer. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health maintains a list of potentially carcinogenic compounds encountered in the workplace.
2. Unhealthy diet.
Certain dietary choices (such as consuming cured meats, fruits, and vegetables) may be associated to an increased risk of brain tumors during pregnancy. Nitrosamines, which are produced in the body by nitrites and nitrates present in cured meats, cigarette smoke, and certain cosmetics, have been associated to an increased risk of juvenile and adult brain tumors, although the significance of the association is unclear.
3. Too much exposure to pesticides.
There is some indication that domestic insecticides, such as flea and tick treatments for pets, may raise the incidence of brain tumors in children and adolescents. According to a 2013 review of 20 studies, children born to parents who are exposed to pesticides on the job have an increased risk.
4. Serious head injury.
The relationship between severe head trauma and brain tumors has long been studied. According to some study, there is a link between head trauma and meningioma but not between head trauma and glioma. Seizures have also been linked to brain cancer, however since seizures may be induced by a brain tumor, it is unclear if seizures increase the risk of brain cancer, whether seizures occur as a consequence of the tumor, or if anti-seizure medication raises the risk.
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