7 Early Signs Of A Brain Tumor Everyone Should Know

There are many illnesses in the world but a diagnosis of cancer is always devastating. Any type of cancer can affect you and your entire family but when the diagnosis is of brain cancer, it is one of the more serious and frightening forms of the disease.

It is important to know the symptoms of brain cancer so you don’t ignore something you may be experiencing and delay the diagnosis.

1. Seizures

The sudden onset of seizures is also common signs of a brain tumor, especially if you’ve never had one before. Brain tumors may apply pressure to the cells in the brain, interfering with electric signals and causing a seizure. 50% of people who have brain tumors have at least one brain seizure according to the American Cancer Society.

2. Changes in memory or thinking

While it's true that tumors can cause big shifts in a person's behavior or personality, the types of radical transformations you sometimes hear about—or see in movies—are uncommon, Dr. Schwartz says. People with tumors are more likely to have issues remembering things, to feel confused, or to suffer less-dramatic thinking problems, he says.

3. Unusual Fatigue

This is more than just being a little tired, it’s as if you are exhausted every day, all day and are unable to overcome it. You might even nod off in the middle of the workday and may have a problem focusing.

It is important to note that fatigue may be a sign of a cancerous brain tumor but it may also be the sign of many other health issues. It is best to check with your doctor if you have severe fatigue problems.

4. Depression

Approximately 25% of those who have a brain tumor suffer from a major depressive disorder. This isn’t just a matter of having a case of the blues, it is a persistent and prolonged problem that can include intense sadness and interferes with your ability to live your day-to-day life. You might even feel as if you are beyond hope.

5. Hearing Problems

If you are having a sudden difficulty hearing the TV or the conversation of others, it may be a sign of a brain tumor. Tinnitus, a ringing in the ears may also occur. “If you’re experiencing hearing loss from one side or a constant ringing sensation, known as tinnitus, you’ll want to make an appointment with your doctor, who can determine whether your symptoms are severe enough to see a neurologist,” says Dr. Christopher Carrubba, MD, co-director for medical education at Med School Tutors.

6. Persistent headaches

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but, yes, headaches could be a sign of a brain tumor, and potentially a cancerous one.

We’re not talking garden-variety headaches from staring at a screen too long, though.

“If you suddenly have severe headaches or if you’re experiencing nausea or vomiting with your headaches, you should seek attention from a doctor,” says Hormigo. While nausea also accompanies migraines, it's never a bad idea to get yourself checked out just in case, especially if your migraines are new or worsening.

7. Nausea

Obviously, there are a lot of reasons a person could feel nauseous, but persistent queasiness without any apparent explanation is a big red flag.

“If you’re someone who never feels ill like that and it comes on suddenly and sticks around, especially if you’re over 40, you should seek attention,” says Hormigo. That's especially true if your nausea is accompanied by the other brain cancer symptoms on this list.