Brain Tumor: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

This year, an estimated 22,850 adults (12,900 men and 9,950 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with primary cancerous tumors of the brain and spinal cord. It is estimated that 15,320 adults (8,940 men and 6,380 women) will die from this disease this year.

About 4,300 children and teens will be diagnosed with a brain or central nervous system tumor this year. More than half of these are in children younger than 15. This section deals with adult brain tumors; learn about brain tumors in children.

In addition to primary brain tumors, there are also secondary brain tumors or brain metastases. The most common cancers that spread to the brain are lungbreastunknown primarymelanoma, kidney, nasopharynx and colon cancers. The rest of this section covers primary brain tumors only.

Statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with a brain tumor in the United States each year, so the actual risk for a particular individual may differ. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with a brain tumor. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's publication, Cancer Facts Figures 2015, American Brain Tumor Association and the National Cancer Institute.

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