Each year in the UK, approximately 4,300 people are diagnosed with low grade, slow-growing brain tumours.
Low grade brain tumours are classified as grade one or two and they are:
Grade one and two brain tumours grow more slowly and are usually non-cancerous. They are often referred to as 'low grade tumours'.
High grade brain tumours are also referred to as grade three or four brain cancer.
The term 'benign brain tumour' is used less frequently nowadays as it can be misleading. Although low grade brain tumours grow more slowly than high grade tumours, they can still be serious.
This is because the tumour can cause harm by pressing on and damaging nearby areas of the brain, due to the limited space capacity of the skull. They can also block the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that nourishes and protects the brain, causing a build-up of pressure on the brain.
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