• Headaches are very common, and most teenagers with a headache will not have a brain tumour.

  • Most teenagers with a headache due to a brain tumour will have other signs or symptoms – these should be looked for carefully.

Headaches caused by a brain tumour:

  • Will usually be persistent, occurring on most days.

  • Will usually be accompanied by vomiting.

  • May wake the teenager up or occur particularly when they wake up.

  • May make the teenager confused, disorientated, excessively tired, and/or may be less alert/responsive at the same time as the headache.

If you're a teenager and you're concerned about your symptoms, it's best to get them checked out by your doctor or an ophthalmologist.

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