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Incidence of Brain Tumors:
Estimated number of people living with a diagnosis of primary brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumor in the US in 2000:


Total new cases of primary brain/CNS tumors (malignant and non-malignant) expected in 2005 in the US:

Total estimated new cases of primary malignant brain /CNS tumors to be diagnosed in 2005 in the US:

Estimated number of deaths attributable to primary malignant brain/CNS tumors in the US in 2005:


The expected incidence of 43,800 new cases is based on an incidence rate of 14.8 per 100,000 people1, and a 2005 US population of 287,716,000.2

Brain tumors are:
  • The leading cause of death from childhood cancers among persons up to 19 years6
  • The second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in males ages 20-397
  • The fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women ages 20-397
Average lifetime risk:4
  • Of being diagnosed with a primary malignant brain tumor for males is 0.67% and 0.51% for females
  • Of dying from a primary malignant brain tumor is 0.49% for males and 0.39% for females
Observed average relative survival rates for patients diagnosed over the period of 1973-2002 with a primary malignant brain/CNS tumor vs. glioblastoma multiforme, one of the most common primary brain tumors:1

Brain/CNS TumorsGlioblastoma Multiforme
One-year survival rate51.5%29.3%
Two-year survival rate37.3%8.7%
Five-year survival rate29.1%3.3%
Ten-year survival rate25.3%2.3%

5-Year survival rate by age for brain & other nervous system cancers5

<45 years62.5%
45-54 years25.8%
55-64 years13.0%
65-74 years7.0%
+75 years3.9%

Distribution of all primary brain and CNS gliomas by histology1
(Gliomas account for 40% of all primary brain / CNS tumors and for 78% of malignant brain tumors; astrocytomas and glioblastomas account for 75% of all gliomas)

  1. Central Brain Tumor Registry of the US (CBTRUS) data, 1998-2002
  2. www.census.gov
  3. American Cancer Society, Inc, Cancer Facts & Figures 2005, Atlanta, Georgia 2005
  4. SEER 1999 - 2001 data
  5. SEER (1975-2002), http://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2002/
  6. NCI/PRG, http://prg.nci.nih.gov/brain/pediatrics.html
  7. American Cancer Society 2002
Content copyright © 2009 Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, Inc.