Benign brain tumor is an abnormal, but not cancer genic tissue growth in the brain. Malicious tumor represents any type of cancer which has the ability to consume and destroy neighbor tissues, or which tends to spread from anywhere else (metastases) via blood. Inside the brain there are a couple of species of benign tumors. These are called by specific cells and tissues from which there are multiple types of tumors to mention. Some of the benign tumors can be present even after birth. Meningioma is usually benign for an example, but can easily return back once it has been removed.
Meningioma carries specific brain tumor symptoms in women, since this is a tumor more common with women. Usually they develop when the patient is somewhere in between 40-60 years of age, but they can also grow during childhood as well as anytime later in life. Symptoms and dangers which can happen due to this tumor highly depend on its size and location inside the brain. If they become too big, they can definitely cause mental issues similar to dementia.
Most common malicious tumors are caused by metastases of a cancer which is located somewhere else in the body. Breast cancer specifically has a high tendency of spreading its metastases into the brain, which can grow in one area of the brain or in several different locations. Primary brain tumors are started in the brain and often stay in there.
Most symptoms are caused due to destroyed tissue and when the brain is exposed to pressure caused by foreign body growing inside the skull. However, when the tumor of the brain is actually a metastasis of a remote cancer, the person can have symptoms which are exclusive to the source of the brain metastases. Symptoms generally depend on its size, how fast is it growing and especially its location since it can cause different symptoms in different locations of the brain.
Headache is usually the first symptom even though most headaches are consequences of other problems, not brain tumor specifically. Headache caused by tumor is usually regular in its frequency and is constant. Usually it is very intense, can start to cause problems with persons who didn’t have troubles with headaches before. Another fairly common symptom of a brain tumor is loss of balance and coordination. Later symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea, occasional high fever and abnormally fast or slow heartbeat. Some brain tumors might even cause epilepsy attacks, which are much more common in a case of benign tumors.
Tumors can also have an effect on one’s cognitive perception, with the pressure done on the brain causing drowsiness, confused and illogical. These kinds of symptoms are really serious and demand an emergent medical intervention. Doctor can establish a diagnosis by analyzing brain activity and function, which can take a while. CT and MRI are commonly used to discover foreign bodies somewhere inside the brain, making it easier to confirm the symptoms with a localized tumor, as well as to determine the best treatment procedure right on the spot.