Brain Cancer Prevention
The exact cause of brain tumours is unknown. But there are things called risk factors that can increase your chance of getting the disease. These include:
- Age: The risk of getting a brain tumour increases with age. But certain types of brain tumours are common in young adults and children.
- Genetic conditions: Brain tumours are usually not inherited. But there are certain genetic conditions that have been linked to brain tumours. These include neurofibromatosis type 1 and type 2, tuberous sclerosis, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, Turcot syndrome and Gorlin syndrome.
- Previous Radiation: If you have been exposed to radiation in the past, for example, radiotherapy, you may have a slightly higher risk of developing a brain tumour. Research is ongoing into other possible causes of brain tumours. This includes viruses, power lines and mobile phones.