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Brain cancer statistics gathered by the American Cancer Society estimate that from 1998-2002, the median age at diagnosis for brain cancer was 55 years of age, and from 1998-2002, the median age at death for brain cancer was 64 years of age. Additional brain cancer statistics indicate that 12,760 men and women would die of brain cancer in 2005.

Brain Cancer Statistics: An Overview

The American Cancer Society estimated that 18,500 people (10,620 men and 7,880 women) would be diagnosed with brain cancer and that 12,760 men and women would die of brain cancer in 2005.
 

Brain Cancer Statistics on Diagnosis

From 1998-2002, the median age at diagnosis for brain cancer was 55 years of age. The percentages of people diagnosed with brain cancer based on age were as follows:
 
  • 13.8 percent were diagnosed under age 20
  • 10.0 percent between 20 and 34
  • 11.7 percent between 35 and 44
  • 14.4 percent between 45 and 54
  • 15.4 percent between 55 and 64
  • 17.1 percent between 65 and 74
  • 14.2 percent between 75 and 84
  • 3.6 percent 85+ years of age.
     

Brain Cancer Statistics on Mortality Rate

From 1998-2002, the median age at death for brain cancer was 64 years of age. The percentages of people who died from brain cancer based on age were as follows:
 
  • 0.3 percent died under age 20
  • 4.2 percent between 20 and 34
  • 8.3 percent between 35 and 44
  • 15.2 percent between 45 and 54
  • 19.2 percent between 55 and 64
  • 23.9 percent between 65 and 74
  • 19.5 percent between 75 and 84
  • 5.5 percent 85+ years of age.
     
The age-adjusted mortality rate of brain cancer was 4.5 per 100,000 men and women per year. These rates are based on patients who died in 1998-2002 in the United States. Brain cancer death rates by race and sex are listed in the following table.
 
Race/Ethnicity Men Women
All Races 6.3 per 100,000 men 3.2 per 100,000 women
Caucasian 5.6 per 100,000 men 2.8 per 100,000 women
African American 12.8 per 100,000 men 6.3 per 100,000 women
Asian/Pacific Islander 11.2 per 100,000 men 6.8 per 100,000 women
American Indian/Alaska Native 7.3 per 100,000 men 4.1 per 100,000 women
Hispanic 9.5 per 100,000 men 5.3 per 100,000 women
 
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