Meningioma: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with meningioma each year. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

A primary brain tumor is a tumor that begins in the brain. In the United States, meningioma accounts for 37% of primary brain tumors. An estimated 27,110 people will be diagnosed with meningioma in 2017. Incidence rates increase with age. Meningioma is most common in adults age 65 and older.

Most meningiomas are noncancerous, accounting for more than 36% of primary brain tumors. Cancerous meningiomas make up less than 1% of all primary brain tumors.

The 10-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 10 years after the tumor is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 10-year survival rate for malignant meningioma is around 57%. Survival rates for meningioma depend on several factors, including whether the tumor is cancerous and the patient’s age. The 10-year survival is almost 78% for people age 20 to 44, and around 37% for people 75 and older.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with meningioma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with meningioma in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 10 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 10 years. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States and the American Brain Tumor Association.

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