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Brain Cancer: Who’s at risk?

Brain cancer or brain tumors are masses of abnormal cells that have grown out of control. People with the following conditions or characteristics may be at risk for developing a brain tumor:

  • Radiation exposure
  • Increased age
  • Exposure to pesticides, herbicides, fertilizer
  • Certain occupations, such as lead, petroleum, plastic, rubber, and textile workers, as well as aircraft and vehicle operators
  • Exposure to electromagnetic fields
  • Certain viruses, especially Epstein-Barr virus
  • Certain genetic disorders
  • People who have had transplants and individuals with AIDS
  • A small percentage of brain tumors may be hereditary (approximately 5% of gliomas)

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