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Common symptoms of a brain tumor include headaches, vomiting, and changes in speech or vision. Whether or not a person has these symptoms will depend on the tumor size, type, and location. These symptoms may be the result of a tumor pressing on a nerve or damaging a certain area of the brain. Brain tumor symptoms may also be caused when the brain swells or fluid builds up within the skull.

Brain Tumor Symptoms: An Introduction

A brain tumor usually develops over time. As brain tumor cells start to grow, they spread more deeply into the brain and crowd or invade the surrounding healthy brain tissue. This can cause many of the early symptoms that occur with brain tumor.
But, brain tumor symptoms vary greatly and depend on the tumor's size, type, and location.

Common Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

When present, some of the more common brain tumor symptoms can include:
  • Headaches (that are usually worse in the morning)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Changes in speech, vision, or hearing
  • Problems balancing or walking
  • Changes in mood, personality, or ability to concentrate
  • Problems with memory
  • Muscle jerking or twitching (seizures or convulsions)
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs.


Some of these signs and symptoms may be caused when a tumor presses on a nerve or damages a certain area of the brain. They can also be caused when the brain swells or fluid builds up within the skull. 


Brain Tumor Symptoms: Final Thoughts

The symptoms explained above are not sure signs of a brain tumor. Other health problems can also cause these symptoms. So, people with possible brain tumor symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible, because only a doctor can diagnose and treat the problem.
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