Brain Tumor Facts & Figures
- Each year approximately 187,000 adults and 2,900 children are diagnosed
with a brain tumor.
- Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer death in children under
age 20 now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and are the
third leading cause of cancer death in young adults ages 20-39.
- Brain tumors are the second fastest growing cause of cancer death among
those over age 65.
- Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in
males ages 20-39.
- Brain tumors are the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in
women ages 20-39.
- There are over 120 different types of brain tumors, making effective
treatment very complicated.
- At present, brain tumors are treated by surgery, radiation therapy and
chemotherapy, used individually or in combination.
- Symptoms of a brain tumor can include headaches, seizures, cognitive
or personality changes, eye weakness, nausea or vomiting, speech disturbances,
or memory loss.
- The cure rate for most brain tumors is significantly lower than that
for most other types of cancer.
- Brain tumor research is underfunded and the public, in general, is unaware
of the magnitude of the problem.
- Currently, brain tumors cannot be prevented because their cause is still
*Information from The Brain Tumor Society, ABTA and the NBTF
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a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.
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Astrocytoma tumors (Matthew's type) arise from astrocytes -- cells that
make up the "glue-like" or supportive tissue of the brain.
Astrocytomas are named after the Latin word astro meaning star because
the cells that make up an astrocytoma look like stars.