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Skull Base Tumor Prevention and Screening

Skull Base Tumor Screening

Screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find disease at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest. Unfortunately, there are no standardized screening tests for skull base tumors.

Skull Base Tumor Risk Factors

Anything that increases your chance of getting a skull base tumor is a risk factor. Since skull base tumors are rare, risk factors are hard to determine.

Sometimes, inherited genetic conditions are linked to skull base tumors. In these cases, our genetics experts are part of the patient’s care team. The types of tumors that may be caused by genetic conditions include:

Bilateral acoustic neuromas, as well as other brain and spine tumors, may be caused by the genetic disorder neurofibromatosis-2.

Paragangliomas (also called glomus tumors or carotid body tumors) may be caused by a familial predisposition for other tumors.

Not everyone with risk factors gets skull base tumors. However, if you have risk factors, it’s a good idea to discuss them with your doctor.

If you have a skull base tumor, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Skull Base Tumor Prevention

The exact cause of skull base tumors is not known. There are no known lifestyle changes to lower the risk of developing a skull base tumor.

Research shows that many cancers can be prevented. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • One of the few comprehensive skull base tumor programs in the nation
  • Sophisticated operating room technology includes image guidance and surgical robotics
  • Multi-specialty team approach to skull base tumor care
  • Range of radiation treatments including radiosurgery (Gamma Knife®), focused radiation and proton therapy
  • Specialized pathologists for accurate diagnosis of skull base tumors
  • Range of clinical trials of new treatments for skull base tumors

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