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Brain tumors can be classified as
They can also be classified as
degree of malignancy is often referred to by its histology grade (cell
appearance under a microscope). The grading system is from I to IV.
II to IV brain tumors have increasing degrees of malignant
characteristic and behavior. Malignant brain tumors contain cancerous
malignant brain tumors (Grade III-IV) grow rapidly and invade healthy
tissue around them. These brain tumors eventually crowd out or destroy
the normal cells and interfere with their function. These can be life
threatening. Low grade tumors (Grade I to II) grow slowly over time.
(benign) brain tumors do not contain cancer cells and do not spread.
However they can be located in vital or sensitive area of the brain and
interfere with normal brain activity and critical functions. Common
benign brain tumors include the meningiomas, schwannomas and pituitary
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