Skull base tumors may not produce symptoms until they grow large. If they do have signs, they vary from person to person depending on where the tumor is and how fast it is growing.
Skull base tumor symptoms may include:
- Pain or numbness in the face
- Weakness in the face
- Recurrent sinus problems
- Stopped-up nose
- Loss of sense of smell
- Vision loss
- Double vision
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Dizziness or loss of balance
- Shortness of breath
- Hoarseness, losing your voice
- Difficulty swallowing and frequent choking
Having one or more of these symptoms does not mean you have a skull base tumor. But you should talk to your doctor if you have any of these signs. They may mean you have other health problems.
Research shows that many cancers can be prevented.
Some cases of skull base tumors can be passed down from one generation to the next. Genetic counseling may be right for you. Learn more about the risk to you and your family on our genetic testing page.