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Statistics About Brain Tumors

Some people use statistical reports to try to figure out their chance of getting cancer or of being cured. Remember that statistics show what happens with large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, statistics can't be used to know or predict what will happen to you.

According to the National Cancer Institute:  

  • Approximately 23,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord during 2012.

  • Approximately 14,000 people in the U.S. will die from brain tumors in 2012. 

Additionally, the American Cancer Society reports the following about brain and nervous system tumors:

  • Brain tumors can develop at any age.

  • Cancerous brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers (after leukemia) affecting children. They make up about 27 percent of all cancerous childhood tumors. However, childhood cancers are rare, and represent only 1 percent  of all new cancer diagnoses. 

  • The outlook varies according to the type and location of the tumor, but about three out of four patients with childhood brain tumors (all types) survive longer than five years.

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