Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells resulting in offending masses called tumors, which can cause a variety of symptoms. Secondary brain cancer is a condition that does not start in the brain, but spreads to the brain from another part of the body.
Be aware that people with other forms of cancer, such as breast or bone, are at increased risk of secondary brain cancer. Cancerous cells can travel through the lymphatic system to the brain. There are few other documented risk factors for brain cancer, but one scientifically proven link is heavy exposure to radiation.
Ask your doctor about follow-up scans and tests. If you are in a high-risk group, you may want to be checked out regularly to ensure speedy diagnosis of tumors.
Learn more about secondary brain cancer at the Oncology Channel Web site (see "Resources" below). This site's brain cancer page details causes, risk factors, symptoms and treatment methods.
Learn the symptoms of brain cancer. Headaches, seizures, lack of coordination, change in personality or way of thinking and impaired speech or vision can all indicate the presence of a brain tumor. You may want to start keeping a journal to document changes in behavior, pain or symptoms.