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Brain tumour, benign (non-cancerous)

A benign (non-cancerous) brain tumour is a mass of cells that grows slowly in the brain. It usually stays in one place and does not spread.
Symptoms of a benign brain tumour
The symptoms of a low-grade or benign brain tumour depend on its size and where it is in the brain. Some slow-growing tumours may not cause symptoms at first.
Causes of a benign brain tumour
Benign brain tumours that are present at birth (congenital) are caused by abnormal development of the baby in the womb. It is not fully understood what causes non-congenital tumours.
Diagnosing a benign brain tumour
If you develop any of the symptoms of a benign brain tumour, such as a persistent and severe headache, see your GP. Your doctor will examine you and refer you to a specialist.
Treating a benign brain tumour
Most benign tumours are removed with surgery and do not normally come back.
Recovering from a benign brain tumour
After being treated for a brain tumour, you may be offered physiotherapy, speech therapy or occupational therapy.
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