Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “CRANIUM BOLT“ to remember about the Risk Factors For Glioblastoma
C – Cell Phone Radiation: Prolonged exposure to cell phone radiation, particularly if you hold your phone to your ear for extended periods, may be a risk factor for glioblastoma.
R – Radiation Therapy: Past radiation therapy for other medical conditions can increase the risk of glioblastoma.
A – Age: Advanced age, typically over 55, is a significant risk factor for developing glioblastoma.
N – Neurofibromatosis: Patients with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) have an increased risk of glioblastoma.
I – Ionizing Radiation: Exposure to ionizing radiation, such as that from X-rays, can contribute to the development of glioblastoma.
U – Unidentified Genetic Factors: Some genetic factors not yet fully understood may increase the risk of glioblastoma.
M – Men: Men have a slightly higher risk of developing glioblastoma compared to women.
B – Brain Tumors: Individuals with a history of certain types of benign brain tumors may be at increased risk.
O – Occupational Exposures: Certain occupational exposures to chemicals or toxins may contribute to glioblastoma risk.
L – Lacks Immune Response: A weakened immune response may be a risk factor, as a robust immune system can help control the growth of abnormal cells.
T – Tobacco Use: Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are associated with an increased risk of glioblastoma.