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This year, an estimated 23,380 adults (12,820 men and 10,560 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with primary cancerous tumors of the brain and spinal cord. It is estimated that 14,320 adults (8,090 men and 6,230 women) will die from this disease this year. Brain tumors are the second most common cause of cancer death in men ages 20 to 39 and the fifth most common cause of cancer among women age 20 to 39.
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. This is when another type of cancer spreads to the brain from the original location. The most common cancers that spread to the brain are lung, breast, unknown primary, melanoma, 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, but 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 2014, American Brain Tumor Association and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)