Within the next 12 months, over 100,000 people in the U.S.A. will
be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor, and the incidence
is on the rise.
Brain tumors are the second leading cause of cancer death in children
under age 15 and in young adults up to age 34.
Brain tumors are the second fastest growing cause of cancer death
among those over age 65.
Brain tumors are the third leading cause of death from cancer in
persons ages 20 to 39.
Approximately 44 percent of all primary brain tumors are benign.
Unlike most benign tumors found elsewhere in the body, benign brain
tumors may recur and may result in death.
Because of their location at the control center for thought, emotion
and physical function, brain tumors are difficult to treat.
Brain tumor research is underfunded and the public, in general, is
unaware of the magnitude of the problem.
The five-year survival rate after being diagnosed with a malignant
brain tumor is 31.3% for males and 30.2% for females.
The cure rate for most brain tumors is significantly lower than that
for most other types of cancer.
Symptoms of a brain tumor can include headaches, seizures, cognitive/personality
changes, eye weakness, nausea or vomiting, speech disturbances, or
There are over 120 different types of brain tumors, making effective
treatment very complicated.
- Currently, brain tumors cannot be prevented because their cause is