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Craniopharyngioma - Childhood

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Risk Factors

ON THIS PAGE: You will find out more about what factors increase the chance of developing craniopharyngioma. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom.

A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of developing a tumor. Although risk factors often influence the development of a tumor, most do not directly cause a tumor. Some people with several risk factors never develop a tumor, while others with no known risk factors do.

The cause of craniopharyngioma is not known. The only known risk factor is age. More than 50% of people with craniopharyngioma are younger than 18, with most being diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 10. The second most common age range is between the ages of 40 and 60.

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