Brain Tumor Facts

  • In 2008, more than 600,000 people were living with a brain tumor in the United States; 28,000 of them were children and teens under age 20.1
  • In 2012 alone, an estimated 22,910 adults and 4,000 children in the United States will be diagnosed with primary malignant brain and spinal cord tumors,2 and an estimated 13,700 adults will die from this disease.3
  • An average of 30% of patients with other types of cancer will develop secondary cancer of the brain.4
  • Historical data shows a rising trend of brain tumor incidence in Connecticut.5

1 Statistical Report: Primary Brain Tumors in the United States, 2000-2004. 2008. Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, Hinsdale, IL. http://www.cbtrus.org.

2 Cancer Facts and Figures 2012. 2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society. 5 March 2012. http://www.cancer.org/Research/CancerFactsFigures/ ACSPC-031941.pdf. p. 4.

3 "Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results: SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Brain and Other Nervous System." National Cancer Institute Website. Nov. 2010, updated Nov. 2011. 7 March 2012. http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/.

4 Soffieti, R., Ruda, R., & Mutani, R. "Management of Brain Metastases." 2002. Journal of Neurology. 249, 1357-1369.

5 "State Cancer Profiles." National Cancer Institute Website. March 2012. National Cancer Institute. 3 March 2012. http://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/cgi-bin/quickprofiles/profile.pl?09&076.

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