BRAIN tumors can cause a variety of different symptoms, depending on where the tumor is growing.
Most commonly, you may experience headaches, nausea, or seizures.
According to Cancer Research UK, around 12,300 cases of brain cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK and manifest as a brain tumour.
Symptoms can often be confused with less serious symptoms, such as a headache.
However, experts say there are some strange signs you need to be aware of, including one you may notice during sex.
According to the Cancer Council, erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a serious medical condition.
This symptom can occur when a tumor grows in the pituitary gland — the part of the brain responsible for producing hormones.
By putting pressure on the gland, these tumors can lead to a decrease in sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
This can lead to irregular menstrual periods in women or erectile problems and reduced interest in sex in men.
Other symptoms of pituitary tumors include headaches, vision loss, and nausea.
According to the Brain Tumor Charity, about one in three people with a brain tumor will experience a personality change.
This is because the tumor can affect the levels of hormones that the gland produces.
These personality changes could cause people to lose interest in things they used to enjoy.
According to Cancer Research UK, around 17 out of every 100 brain tumors diagnosed (about 17 percent) are pituitary tumors.
Most pituitary tumors are noncancerous (benign) and do not spread to other parts of the body.
For benign tumors, surgery may be the only treatment required.
Medications such as steroids or anticonvulsants may be given to relieve symptoms.
It’s important to see your GP if you’re concerned about any of your symptoms.
Always call 999 in an emergency.
How to get tested
Your doctor will examine you and review your symptoms.
They also have tests to diagnose a pituitary tumor. This will help your doctor plan treatment. Tests you may have include:
- blood tests
- MRI scan or CT scan