Six ‘red flag’ symptoms of a brain tumour you should not ignore but seek medical help

Experts are warning people to look out for key symptoms of a brain tumour that most people would usually ignore. The ‘red flag’ symptoms include headaches, changes in vision, seizures, nausea and dizziness, tiredness and loss of taste and smell.

Although relatively rare, people experiencing these symptoms are urged to not ignore them and visit their GP. According to the Brain Tumour Charity UK, around 11,700 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year and whilst they are more common amongst adults, children can also be affected.

However symptoms can differ with young people experiencing seizures, balance problems, abnormal head positions, delays puberty, abnormal growth, excessive thirst and reduced consciousness, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The symptoms include nausea and dizziness as well as headaches, changes in vision and loss of taste and smell ( Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The six ‘red flag’ signs of a brain tumour:
Headaches

Changes in vision

Seizures

Nausea and dizziness

Tiredness

Loss of taste and smell

Brain tumours can be non-cancerous and cancerous and are graded according to how fast they grow and how likely they are to grow back after treatment. Grade 1 and 2 tumours are low grade, and grade 3 and 4 tumours are high grade meaning they’re more likely to grow back after treatment.

Other symptoms to look out for are mental or behavioural changes such as memory problems or personality changes as well as progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body.

If you find yourself struggling with focusing on everyday activities or experiencing issues with your memory, there is a slight chance that it could be a sign of a brain tumour and it’s important to seek medical help.