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What is a brain tumour?

What is a brain tumour?

A tumour is a group of rapidly growing cells. The tumour can be cancerous or non-cancerous (benign). If it is cancerous it could be a primary tumour where the tumour originally grew or a secondary tumour which is cancer cells of another area that has spread to the brain. If it is a primary tumour the cancer cannot spread anywhere else, it stays in the brain.

Brain tumours are the second most common type of cancer in children and around 400 children are diagnosed every year.

A Brain tumour can be diagnosed by a CT or MRI scan which shows a detailed picture of the brain or by testing the cerebral spinal fluid which surrounds the brain and spinal cord for cancer cells.

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