The causes of brain cancer are not well known, but some factors are clearly suspected in its development:
- Family history of glioma – you are at greater risk of brain cancer if your family has a history of glioma, a tumor that arises from the supportive tissue of the brain or the spine.
- Age – although the disease can knock on one’s door at any age, brain cancer is more common among adults aged over 40 and children aged 3 to 12 years
- Gender – brain tumors are more common in men than women;
- Environment – exposure to ionizing radiation, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride and acrylonitrile can significantly increases your chance of suffering from brain cancer.
- Viral infection – AIDS / HIV patients are at risk of developing a form of brain cancer called primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL ).
- Cigarette smoking – cigarette smoke is the enemy of all organs in your body, including your brain.
Although the following are not proven, they also considered as risk factors of brain cancer:
- Head trauma
- Prolonged cell phone use
- Radiation exposure.