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Radiation-induced tumors are still fairly rare, but because of the increased risk (as well as the other side effects), radiation therapy is only given to the head after carefully weighing the possible benefits and risks.
They may also have other benign tumors of the brain, skin, heart, kidneys, and other organs.
This condition, which is much less common than NF1, is associated with vestibular schwannomas (acoustic neuromas), which almost always occur on both sides of the head.
It is also linked with an increased risk of meningiomas or spinal cord ependymomas.
But there are a few factors that can raise the risk of brain tumors.
The best known environmental risk factor for brain tumors is radiation exposure, most often from radiation therapy to treat some other condition.