4 statistics on brain tumors
While some brain diseases such as Huntington’s have genetic roots, tumors don’t discriminate, says Dr. Chetan Bettegowda, a neurosurgeon at highly rated Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Fortunately, most brain tumors are treatable. “Even patients with certain types of malignant tumors can survive on average 15 years,” Bettegowda says. Symptoms depend on the tumor’s type and location, but don’t ignore seizures, muscle weakness, hearing or vision loss, memory or speech problems. You may not have a tumor, but you should be examined, Bettegowda says.
$33,000 – $50,000 — The estimated uninsured cost to surgically treat a small benign and accessible brain tumor. The National Brain Tumor Society says some portion of treatment is typically covered for insured patients.
2nd — Rank among the causes of cancer-related deaths in children.
120 — The different types of brain and central nervous system tumors that have been identified to date.
69,720 — The projected number of primary brain tumors, both malignant and non-malignant, doctors will diagnose this year.
Sources: American Brain Tumor Association; CostHelper.com; National Brain Tumor Society