Quick Quiz: Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

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Brain and spinal cord tumors are rare forms of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 23,880 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with malignant brain and spinal cord tumors in 2018, and approximately 16,830 patients will die from the disease.1 How much do you know about brain and spinal cord tumors?

Although brain and spinal cord tumors are rare, the chance of children and the elderly being diagnosed with this disease has risen in recent years in the United States. The overall chance of an adult being diagnosed with a malignant brain or spinal cord tumor in their lifetime is <1%, whereas malignant brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancer in children and young adults.2 Public awareness of the mysterious nature of this disease needs to remain a priority to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with it.

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