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    Risk of Brain Cancer Higher in Troops with Moderate to Severe Brain Injuries, Large Study Shows

    Risk of Brain Cancer Higher in Troops with Moderate to Severe Brain Injuries, Large Study Shows

    Service members who experienced the worst types of head injuries — moderate, severe or penetrating traumatic brain injury, or TBI — are at higher risk for developing brain cancer, researchers at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and elsewhere have found.

    A study published Thursday in JAMA Network Open found veterans with a moderate or severe TBI were at 90% increased risk for developing a subsequent brain malignancy, while those who experienced a penetrating injury had more than three times the risk when compared with those who never suffered a brain injury.

    In a piece of good news, mild TBIs — the most common type of head injury diagnosed in service members — were not associated with an increased risk of brain cancer, according to the study.

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    While brain cancer is uncommon, occurring in less than 1% of the U.S. population, it is a devastating diagnosis with poor outcomes. Just over one-third of those diagnosed with a primary brain cancer tumor survive more than five years, and those with the most common form of brain cancer, glioblastoma, have just a 6% to 22% chance of living five more years, depending on the age of diagnosis, according to the National Brain Tumor Society.

    Why some people develop brain cancer remains somewhat of a mystery, although exposure to ionized radiation is strongly…

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