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Brain Tumour

Brain tumour is a general term for many different types of cancerous growths that develop in the brain. Brain tumours quite often can be benign, in which case they do not spread to other areas of the brain and are likely to be removed successfully. Malignant tumours, however, tend to spread further, destroying healthy brain tissue and damaging other areas of the brain. However, they are unlikely to spread to other internal organs than the brain. Sometimes cancer spreads from other organs to the brain, in which case a secondary brain tumour forms.

Symptoms vary greatly in different cases, depending on the size and location of the tumour as well as the type of damage done to the brain. However, early warning signs most often include nausea and headaches that tend to be worse in the mornings as well as increase of pressure to the skull, which may cause confusion, irregularities in vision and fainting or fits. Other common symptoms depend on the area affected and may include change in personality, irregularities in the senses, difficulties in speaking, drawing or writing, disorientation, loss of  coordination and numbness on one side of the body. Brain scanning is usually used to establish the diagnosis.

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