What increases my risk of brain tumours?

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There are certain things called risk factors that can increase your chance of getting a brain tumour. These include:

  • Age: Primary brain tumours are more common in people between the ages of 50 and 70. Certain types of brain tumour are more common in young adults and children.
  • Gender: Men are more likely than women to develop most types of brain tumours.
  • Genetic conditions: There are certain rare genetic conditions that have been linked to an increased risk of brain tumours. These include neurofibromatosis type 1 and type 2, tuberous sclerosis, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, Turcot syndrome and Gorlin syndrome. If you have these conditions it does not mean you will develop a brain tumour. But you have a slightly higher risk than someone without these conditions. 

Having a risk factor doesn’t mean you will definitely get cancer. Sometimes people with no risk factors get the disease. If you’re worried, talk to your GP or talk to one of our cancer nurses. Call the Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 or visit a Daffodil Centre. 

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