About Brain Tumor Awareness Month
The brain tumor experience is full of extraordinary darkness and extraordinary hope. The gray area that falls in between is what drives us, unrelentingly, toward our mission of conquering and curing brain tumors—once and for all.
This #GrayMay, take action and raise awareness to make lasting change for the brain tumor community.
Gray May fast facts
Why do we go gray in May? Here’s a quick snapshot of where we are in our mission to conquer and cure brain tumors:
- An estimated 700,000 Americans are living with a primary brain tumor.
- An estimated 84,170 people will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2021.
- Approximately 70% of all brain tumors are benign and approximately 30% are malignant.
- The five-year relative survival rate for all malignant brain tumor patients is only 36%.
- An estimated 18,600 people will die from a malignant brain tumor in 2021.
- Brain tumors are the most common solid cancer in people ages 19 and younger in the United States.
- 13,657 children are estimated to be living with a primary brain tumor in the United States.
- Pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death among children and adolescents under the age of 19.
- Approximately 31,299 adolescents and young adults are estimated to be living with a brain tumor in the United States.
- Approximately 80% of cancers have been associated with the ability to metastasize to the brain.
- Brain tumors represent the highest per-patient initial cost of care for any cancer group, with an annualized mean net cost of care approaching $150,000.
- For glioblastoma, the five-year relative survival rate is only 7.2% and the median survival rate is only eight months.
- More than any other cancer, brain tumors can have lasting and life-altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a patient’s life.
- Despite the number of brain tumors, and their devastating prognosis, there are only five FDA approved drugs – and one device – to treat brain tumors.
Ways To Support
Take part in the National Brain Tumor Walk and Race for Hope-DC, Head to the Hill, the National Brain Tumor Ride, and more events throughout the month of May.
Your voice matters. Raise awareness by sharing your story, and show others that they are not alone.
MAKE A GIFT
Your support is critical to ensuring the urgent, unmet needs of the brain tumor community continue to be heard and addressed. Thanks to the Sontag Foundation, gifts from first-time donors will be matched, up to $50,000, throughout Gray May. Current donors who increase their gift will also receive a match.