At the OSUCCC – James, cancer research experts continually focus on studying brain cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The OSUCCC – James consistently paves the way in learning more about what causes brain cancer — leading to even more highly targeted prevention, care and treatment.

Screening for Other Brain Cancers

Cancer screening exams can help find brain cancer at its earliest stage when the chances for successful treatment, optimal outcomes and fewer side effects are greatest. These tests are usually done when a patient is healthy and has no specific symptoms.

Although there are currently no screening tests available to detect brain cancers early, expert cancer researchers at the OSUCCC – James are working to develop tests that can detect and diagnose these cancers early, leading to improved outcomes, faster responses and fewer side effects.

Risk Factors for Other Brain Cancers

A brain cancer risk factor is anything that increases your chances of developing brain cancer. It is rare for brain tumors to be hereditary. Although there are no definitive risk factors for brain cancer, the following factors may play a role in the developing the disease:

  • Exposure to ionizing radiation to the brain may increase risk for brain cancer
  • Exposure to certain chemicals
  • Having the following certain genetic syndromes may increase the risk of brain tumors in general:
    • Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) or 2 (NF2)
    • von Hippel-Lindau disease
    • Tuberous sclerosis
    • Li-Fraumeni syndrome
    • Turcot syndrome type 1 or 2
    • Lynch syndrome
    • Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome

(Source: National Cancer Institute)

Not everyone with risk factors will get brain cancer. But having certain risk factors may increase your risk of developing the disease. If you are at high risk for brain cancer, talk to your doctor about tests to find out if you have early signs of the disease.

If you’ve been diagnosed with brain cancer, would like a second opinion or would like to speak with a brain cancer specialist, please call The James Line at 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.

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