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Brain, other CNS and intracranial tumours statistics


  • 9,365 people in the UK were diagnosed with brain, other CNS and intracranial tumours in 2011.
  • There were 5,187 deaths from brain, other CNS and intracranial tumours in the UK in 2012.
  • 14% of adult brain cancer patients (13% of men and 14% of women) diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive ten or more years.
  • Less than 1% of brain and other CNS cancer cases each year in the UK are linked to major lifestyle and other risk factors.


Stats, info and publications

See our Key Stats for a summary of the main stats and information.

See in-depth statistics for Incidence, Mortality, Survival, and Risk Factors

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The latest statistics available for brain, other central nervous system (CNS) and intracranial tumours in the UK are; incidence 2011, mortality 2012, and survival 2010-2011. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.

Statistics for brain, other CNS and intracranial tumours in children and teenagers and young adults are also provided.

The ICD codes for incidence and mortality statistics for brain, other parts of the CNS and intracranial tumours are ICD-10 C70-C72, C75.1-C75.3, D32-D33, D35.2-D35.4, D42-D43, and D44.3-D44.5. These codes are for primary tumours of the brain, meninges, spinal cord and other parts of the CNS, pineal gland, pituitary gland, or craniopharyngeal duct; they include malignant, benign and uncertain or unknown behaviour tumours.

Northern Ireland data excludes ICD-10 D33.7, D33.9, D43.7 and D43.9 (which are some tumours of other and unspecified parts of the CNS), because of known variation in coding practice.

Primary CNS lymphomas (PCNSLs) are not included here but included in the statistics for Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, because the site in which the lymphoma arises is not typically captured by cancer registries (although neuro-oncology services usually make the PCNSL diagnosis).

Cancers of the skull are included with bone cancers, not here.

There is a brief discussion of incidence of secondary brain cancers (cancers which have spread – also known as metastasised – to the brain from elsewhere in the body).

Survival statistics give an overall picture of survival and (unless otherwise stated) include all adults (15-99) diagnosed, at all ages, stages and co-morbidities. The survival time experienced by an individual patient may be much higher or lower, depending on specific patient and tumour characteristics. If you are a patient, please see our CancerHelp UK pages

Specific questions and answers about some of Cancer Research UK's statistics and information and explanations on terminology used for statistics and reporting of cancer, and the methods used to calculate some of the statistics are also available.


We would like to acknowledge the essential work of the cancer registries in the United Kingdom and Ireland Association of Cancer Registries, without which there would be no data. 

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Updated: 2 December 2014