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Recognizing the Symptoms: Warning Signs of Brain Tumors

Brain tumors are the second most common form of childhood cancer. The most common forms of brain tumors are:

The signs and symptoms of brain tumors vary widely, but include:

Treatment for a brain tumor could involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or all three.

WARNING SIGNS

Because children may ignore or not recognize symptoms of illness, or be too young to communicate them, parents or caretakers should make certain children have regular medical checkups and be alert to signs that indicate something might be seriously wrong.

How does a parent distinguish between a relatively minor illness and a serious illness such as cancer? If a child has any of the following symptoms that are persistent, seek medical attention. Of course, these symptoms can occur for reasons other than serious illness. Do not hesitate to seek second opinions if a doctor is not able to determine the cause.


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