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Brain Tumors: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for brain tumors?

Here are some statistics about brain tumors:

  • About 23,770 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer (malignant) tumors of the brain or spinal cord in 2016. Many more people will be diagnosed with tumors that are not cancer (benign).

  • About 16,050 people in the U.S. will die from brain or spinal cord tumors in 2016.

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors can develop at any age. About 13% of tumors grow in children and teens.

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common types of cancer in children. They make up about 1 in 4 cancers in children.

Sources: American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute



Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016
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