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Brain Cancer Risk Factors                               

The causes of brain cancer are not well known, but some factors are clearly suspected in its development:  

  • Family history of glioma - you are at greater risk of brain cancer if your family has a history of glioma, a tumor that arises from the supportive tissue of the brain or the spine.  
  • Age - although the disease can knock on one’s door at any age, brain cancer is more common among adults aged over 40 and children aged 3 to 12 years 
  • Gender - brain tumors are more common in men than women; 
  • Environment - exposure to ionizing radiation, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride and acrylonitrile can significantly increases your chance of suffering from brain cancer. 
  • Viral infection - AIDS / HIV patients are at risk of developing a form of brain cancer called primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL ).  
  •  Cigarette smoking – cigarette smoke is the enemy of all organs in your body, including your brain.  

Although the following are not proven, they also considered as risk factors of brain cancer:  

  • Aspartame
  • Head trauma 
  • Prolonged cell phone use  
  • Radiation exposure. 


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