Meningioma: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2021

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 38% of primary brain tumors. An estimated 34,840 people will be diagnosed with meningioma this year. Incidence rates of meningioma increase with age, with a large increase in diagnosis rates in adults age 65 and older. The average age of diagnosis is 66. The disease is rarely found in children.

Women are diagnosed with meningioma more often than men. 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 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the tumor is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for malignant meningioma is over 66%. The 10-year survival rate for malignant meningioma is over 59%.

The person’s age and whether the tumor is cancerous affect survival rates for meningioma, along with other factors. The 5-year survival rate for malignant meningioma is over 77% for children ages 0 to 14 and about 81% in people ages 15 to 39. For adults 40 and over, it is 65%.

For noncancerous meningioma, the 5-year survival rate is over 95% for children ages 14 and under, 97% in people ages 15 to 39, and over 87% 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 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States Statistical Report: Primary Brain and Other Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2013–2017 (published October 2020) (accessed January 2021).

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