Meningioma: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people learn they have meningioma 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.

In the United States, meningioma accounts for more than 35% of primary brain tumors, which are tumors that start in the brain, and occurs in approximately seven of every 100,000 people. Meningioma is rare in children.

For noncancerous meningioma, about 7% to 25% of patients have the disease come back. About 29% to 52% of people with atypical or intermediate meningiomas have the disease come back, and cancerous meningiomas can be very likely to come back after treatment.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the meningioma is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases. Survival rates for meningioma depend on several factors, including the age of the patient and whether the tumor is cancerous.

Survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. Estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of 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 meningioma. Because survival statistics are often measured in multi-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this tumor. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States

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