What are the risk factors for primary brain tumors?

Risk factors for some – but not all – primary brain tumors include:

  •     Having an immune system disorder like the Epstein-Barr virus or AIDS.
  •     Using immunosuppressants after an organ transplant.
  •     Genetic syndromes such as neurofibromatosis type 1 and type 2, von Hippel-Lindau disease, tuberous sclerosis, and Li-Fraumeni syndrome.
  •     Exposure to vinyl chloride.

Even so, most people with a primary brain tumor have no known risk factors.

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