What are the key statistics about brain and spinal cord tumors?
The American Cancer Society's estimates for brain and spinal cord tumors in the United States are for 2013. They include both adults and children.
- About 23,130 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,770 in males and 10,360 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
- About 14,080 people (7,930 males and 6,150 females) will die from these tumors.
Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is less than 1% (about 1 in 140 for a man and 1 in 180 for a woman).
Survival rates vary widely, depending on the type of tumor. Survival rates for some of the more common types of brain and spinal cord tumors are discussed in the section, “Survival rates for selected adult brain and spinal cord tumors.”
Last Medical Review: 10/09/2012
Last Revised: 02/06/2013