Brain Cancer Symptoms in Women

Updated at: Aug 24, 2012
Brain Cancer Symptoms in Women

Brain cancer symptoms in women – Are brain cancer symptoms in women similar to that in men? This article lists all the signs of brain cancer in women.

Himanshu Sharma
CancerWritten by: Himanshu SharmaPublished at: Aug 22, 2012

Brain Cancer Symptoms in Women

Similar to men, women may also develop brain cancer tumour at any age. The symptom of brain cancer depends on the exact location of tumour and its type. Brain cancer is a potentially fatal disorder wherein malignant tumour grows in the brain. The brain cancer may either be primary (which originates in the brain) or secondary (the one that spreads to other parts of the body).

Brain Cancer Signs in Women


  1. Headache: Headaches are common when malignant tumour is developing in brain. The headache gets worse upon waking up from sleep. Despite treatment for a history of seizure disorder, women may also have recurrent seizures.
  2. Memorising and thinking difficulty: a woman with brain cancer may find it difficult to concentrate on daily tasks and communicate with others. Moreover, such women may get distracted and can’t think through a problem.
  3. Balancing difficulties: Stumbling while walking or uncoordinated movements of hands or legs are indicative of brain cancer. The muscles may twitch or the legs may feel tingly. There could be weakness in the limbs or a part of the body may become paralysed.
  4. Speaking and interpreting difficulty: A woman may have trouble speaking or is unable to speak. She may not realise that her speech does not make sense. Similarly, she may have trouble to interpret or understand what is being said to her. This may sometimes lead to hearing loss.
  5. Nausea and vomiting: The National Institutes of Health listed nausea and vomiting as prominent signs of brain cancer in women.  Nausea is unexplained while vomiting occurs due to food intake reasons, such as dry heaving when stomach is empty.
  6. Strange eye movements: Women with brain cancer may have uncontrollable back-and-forth movement of one eye. In some case, women get impaired in one or both eyes.
  7. Inappropriate behaviour: Besides depression, a woman with cancer may engage in inappropriate behaviour with the advancement of brain cancer tumour.
  8. Bloating: Persistent bloating that lasts for over a week is another indication of brain cancer. A physician should be consulted to identify the root cause of bloating and CT scan/blood tests should be done to check if malignant tumour is developing within the brain.
  9. Unexplained weight loss: Unexplained or unintended weight loss, say 5 kilos in a month without any decrease in food intake or loss of appetite. Unless screened, unexplained weight loss can be confused with other medical conditions with similar symptoms, such as an overactive thyroid.

Women experiencing these symptoms should get themselves screened for physical exam, usually a CT, MRI brain scan or a brain tissue biopsy to find out the reason for symptoms.


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