The central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and spinal cord, is responsible for sending out motor signals, processing information, and controlling how various parts of your body function. Both benign and malignant tumors can occur within the CNS.
Because the CNS controls many different aspects of how your body functions, tumors can cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms. These can vary based on where the tumor is located, its size, and the stage of cancer.
Many times, patients will present with morning headaches — specifically headaches that go away after vomiting. Other signs and symptoms include:
While the exact cause for most CNS cancers is unknown, some risk factors can increase someone’s chances of developing these kinds of cancers. Keep in mind that a risk factor doesn’t necessarily mean that someone is guaranteed to develop a tumor.
It’s possible for some CNS tumors to be genetic and run in families. Having a family history of tumors or cancer may potentially increase someone’s chances of developing a tumor themselves. There’s also a familiar disease called Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) that can cause noncancerous tumors on peripheral nerves.
Other genetic conditions that can increase the chances of being diagnosed with a CNS tumor include Neurofibromatosis type 2 and Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome.
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