CHR Charity of the Month: Brain Tumor Society

Posted on: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 3:19pm
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CHR Charity of the Month: Brain Tumor SocietyHeadquartered in Newton, MA, the National Brain Tumor Society is committed to supporting the diverse needs of patients by moving research toward new treatments, fighting for policies that will improve the lives of all patients, and providing important and helpful information and resources.

Today, nearly 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor, and 69,000 more will be diagnosed this year. With no available cure and limited treatment options, brain tumors are often deadly, impact quality of life, and change everything for patients and their loved ones. There are many reasons to hope for a better prognosis for those living with a brain tumor today, and anyone who will be diagnosed tomorrow.

The Society’s roots date back to the 1980s, with the founding of two legacy organizations–the National Brain Tumor Foundation and the Brain Tumor Society. In 2008, the two groups joined to form the National Brain Tumor Society.

Here are some sad brain tumor facts:

  • 688,096 Americans are living with a brain tumor.
    • 550,042 tumors are benign; 38,054 malignant
  • An estimated 68,470 people will receive primary brain tumor diagnoses this year. 4
    • 5,300 will be benign; 23,180 malignant
    • Male: 55.2% - Female: 44.8%
  • The average survival rate for all malignant brain tumor patients is 34.2%. Male: 32.6% - Female: 44.8%
  • An estimated 13,770 people will die from brain cancer this year
  • An estimated 4,620 children will receive brain tumor diagnoses this year
  • The average survival rate for all children with malignant brain tumors is 66%
  • Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under 14, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children under 20.

For more information visit their website.