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Why do we have brain cancer?

Posted Mar 27 2011 10:13pm


C'mon. You knew I'd ask this sooner or later.

The causes of brain cancer are unknown. However, certain factors increase a person's risk of developing it. Compare your answers with mine. Maybe we'll find a common link.

Being male. This doesn't work for me because I'm female.

Being caucasian. Yes, I am white.

Being younger than 8 or older than 70. Doesn't apply to me--I was diagnosed at 29.

Family history. Grandfather did have a partial stroke and found he had a brain tumor at 88, but the pathology was never determined. (And this was learned about two years after my diagnosis.)

Exposure to:
  • Radiation. Doesn't apply.
  • Formaldehyde. Doesn't apply.
  • Vinyl chloride. Doesn't apply.
  • Acrylonitrile. Doesn't apply.
Then there are the theorized causes that haven't been proven.

Cell phones. I got my first cell phone in 2005. I was a later bloomer.

Head injury. In eighth grade I was hit by a truck while in a crosswalk, lost consciousness and sustained a concussion (along with other injuries). 

Using these factors, we can say I possibly have brain cancer because I am a white person who sustained a head injury, and now uses a cell phone, with a grandfather who also had a brain tumor of unknown origin. 

I think I am more confused now than I was before.

How do you compare?
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