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Reducing Your Risk of Brain Tumors
Primary Brain Tumors
There may be little you can do to avoid primary
brain tumors. Risk factors, like genetics and family history, cannot be changed. Other risk factors, such as radiation therapy
for cancer treatment or imaging tests may not be avoidable. Talk about the risks and benefits of these types of radiation exposures with your doctor.
Secondary Brain Tumors
Secondary brain tumors come from other cancer sites in the body. Treatment can reduce the risk of a cancer spreading to the brain. Secondary brain tumors come most often from the following cancers:
About brain tumors: A primer for patients and caregivers. American Brain Tumor Association website. Available at:
http://www.abta.org/secure/about-brain-tumors-a-primer.pdf. Accessed August 17, 2015.
Astrocytoma and oligodentroglioma in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 17, 2015. Accessed August 17, 2015.
Brain and spinal cord tumors in adults. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003088-pdf.pdf. Accessed August 17, 2015.
Meningioma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 30, 2015. Accessed August 17, 2015.