A 23-year-old woman who was experiencing numbness in her face and back of her head turned out to have brain cancer. What other symptoms did she report?

23-year-old British Lauren Boom learned about the deadly diagnosis by accident. The girl considered the symptom with which she went to the doctors to be harmless – her face and the back of her head went numb from time to time.

At the age of 19, Lauren had anorexia, so when her head began to go numb, she thought the eating disorder had returned, writes the Daily Mirror. Another symptom she complained about was low blood pressure.

—I went to the doctor and they told me that there might be a pinched nerve near my jaw, or it might be something neurological,— the girl said.

Upon re-examination, she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor – astrocytoma. The girl has already undergone one operation, and she will have another one. To complicate matters, the tumor is located close to areas of the brain that control movement.

Astrocytoma is a type of brain tumor that arises from astrocytes, cells that support and protect nerve cells. Astrocytomas can range in grade from low to high grade.

Symptoms of astrocytomas may include:

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  • convulsions
  • changes in vision or hearing,
  • problems with motor coordination,
  • changes in behavior,
  • problems with memory and concentration.

Brain cancer is a malignant tumor that forms in the tissues of the brain. It can arise from brain cells on its own (primary brain cancer) or spread from other parts of the body (secondary brain cancer).

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