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Brain Tumors: Statistics

Brain Tumors: Statistics

What are statistics?

Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for brain tumors?

Here are some statistics about brain tumors:

  • About 23,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with malignant (cancer) tumors of the brain or spinal cord in 2015. Many more people will be diagnosed with benign (not cancer) tumors.

  • About 15,000 people in the U.S. will die from brain or spinal cord tumors in 2015.

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors can develop at any age. About 13 percent of tumors grow in children and teens.

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common types of cancer in children. They make up about 1 in 5 cancers in children.

Sources: American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute




Dr. Albert Kim, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Kim is a Washington University neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish who focuses his practice on surgery of the brain, including stereotactic radiosurgery, skull based surgery, cerebrovascular surgery, and brain tumor treatment.

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