Astrocytoma - Common CNS Tumor
IntroductionAstrocytoma is a common type of brain tumor. There are different types and severities of astrocytomas. They may or may not be cancerous. Astrocytomas may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of treatments.
Am I at Risk
Because the exact cause of astrocytoma is unknown, researchers are unable to state definite risk factors at this time. One rare type of astrocytoma called subependymal giant cell astrocytoma is inherited and associated with another disorder. If your family members have this type of astrocytoma, your risk is increased for developing it.
Researchers suspect that exposure to certain chemicals may increase the risk of astrocytoma in developing babies during pregnancy or infancy. Such chemicals include pesticides, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, phenols, acrylonitrile, N-nitrosos compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, lubricating fluids, and organic solvents. People may be exposed to these chemicals at certain jobs.
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