LAS VEGAS (May 23, 2019) –  According to the National Brain Tumor Society, an estimated 700,000 people in the U.S are living with a primary brain tumor. Desert Radiology’s Dr. Rajneesh Agrawal shares signs and symptoms of brain cancer, advancements in imaging and surgery techniques, and treatment options available. 

According to the National Brain Tumor Society, an estimated 700,000 people in the United States are living with a primary brain tumor and more than 86,000 will be diagnosed in 2019. Here are some things you should know about this disease and what signs, symptoms and treatments are available.

Brain cancer is not a common disease on the spectrum of brain disorders. The most common way brain cancer presents itself is if someone begins having seizures. Individuals with brain cancer may also experience headaches. Also, there may be weakness in one side of the body or arm, or changes in personality. Whenever these things happen, they need to be investigated by a medical professional.

The causes of brain cancer are usually unknown but there are certain risk factors to consider. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, those factors include age (brain tumors are more common in children and older adults), gender (men are more likely to develop a tumor) and family history. Metastasis is also a concern. That is the development of a secondary malignant growth away from the primary site of cancer, such as the breast or the lung.

The detailed images created by diagnostic imaging are crucial to confirming whether a tumor exists and, through MRIs, are able help determine if a tumor is benign or malignant.

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