Brain Tumour Symptoms

Recognising the signs of a brain tumour

Brain tumours are rare, but they do happen.
10 children and young people are diagnosed each week in the UK.
Early diagnosis can improve the outcome. 

A regular eye test may help in the early detection of a brain tumour.

Diagnosing a brain tumour is not easy and the initial symptoms may mimic those of less serious illnesses. Symptoms of brain tumours vary according to tumour location and the age of the child or young person, but common signs include:

  • Persistent or recurring headaches
  • Persistent or recurring vomiting
  • Poor balance
  • Difficulty walking
  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Deteriorating, blurred or double vision
  • Fits or seizures
  • Behaviour change

Any child or young person with symptoms that are unusual for him or her, or are persistent or unexplained, should be seen by a GP. Please remember anyone needing urgent medical help should be taken to the nearest emergency department or dial 999.

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