New York Daily News - Daily Checkup: Brain Tumors Can Hit Anyone; Some Benign Ones Are Curable
An Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai, Raymund Yong, MD, sees patients with brain problems ranging from trauma to tumors. He has been working in the field for over a decade. According to one study that extrapolated data from the Central Brain Tumor Registry, about 688,000 Americans alive in 2010 were diagnosed with a brain tumor. In almost 140,000 of these cases, the tumor was malignant. "Malignant brain tumors can either start within the brain - which we call primary brain tumors - or can come to the brain from elsewhere in the body as the result of a metastasis from a different cancer," says Dr. Yong. "Men and women of all ages and races can develop malignant brain tumors, as can children, although they are more likely to develop other, more treatable kinds of tumors."