Headaches are very common and most children who have a headache will not have a brain tumour.
Children who have a headache caused by a brain tumour are likely to be experiencing other symptoms, so you should look out for these carefully.
Brain tumour headaches are are caused by a build up of pressure in the brain. This could be due to the tumour pressing on blood vessels and nerves within the brain or blocking the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain.
Headaches are a common symptom of brain tumours but will usually be accompanied by
Signs to look out for:
If you are concerned about your child it is important to get them checked out by your GP or optician.
Brain tumours are rare, however, if you're worried, if a symptom persists or if your child has more than one of these symptoms then:
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Each year in the UK, approximately 4,300 people are diagnosed with low grade, slow growing brain tumours and 5,000 with high grade, fast growing brain tumours.
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As the UK's leading brain tumour charity and largest dedicated funder of brain tumour research, we are committed to changing and it is very good
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This newly-created post is a significant boost for research into brain tumours in Manchester and the UK as a whole.
These include The Christie, which has a specialised unit dedicated to clinical trials and strong partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry which help widen patients’ access to novel therapies.