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Brain and Nervous System

Brain and Spinal Cancer Types, Causes, Prognosis, Signs, and Stages

Each year, an estimated 23,130 new brain and other nervous system tumors are diagnosed in the United States.

What are Brain and Nervous System Tumors?

There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors. Together, the brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS).

Tumors can be classified into two main types: benign and malignant.

Malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord can be further classified as primary or secondary tumors.

Risk Factors

Some factors that may increase risk for developing a brain tumor are:

Scientists do not believe that head injuries cause brain tumors to develop.

More about Brain and Nervous System Tumors

Learn more about brain tumors in adults from the National Cancer Institute.