Meningioma: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2020

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with meningioma each year. You will also 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 more than 37% of primary brain tumors. An estimated 34,210 people will be diagnosed with meningioma this year. Incidence rates increase with age, with a large increase in diagnosis rates in adults age 65 and older. It is rarely found in children.

Women are diagnosed with meningioma more often than men, and Black men and women are at a much higher risk for the disease than white men and women.

Most meningiomas are noncancerous. Malignant (cancerous) meningiomas make up slightly more 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. In general, the 10-year survival rate for malignant meningioma is about 61%.

The patient's age and whether the tumor is cancerous affect survival rates for meningioma, along with other factors. The 10-year survival for malignant meningioma is almost 77% for people ages 20 to 44 and about 39% for people 75 and older. For noncancerous meningioma, the 10-year survival is nearly 90% for children aged 14 and under, about 95% in people aged 15 to 39, and about 83% in adults 40 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 looking back over 10 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 10 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States Statistical Report: Primary Brain and Other Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2012–2016 (published November 2019, accessed January 2020).

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