Brain tumor types among the highest among states
The number of Americans diagnosed with a brain tumor has risen by more than 1,100 since 2015, according to the National Institutes of Health.
More than one-third of those cases were diagnosed in 2016, a nearly double the rate from the previous year.
The number of adults diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme in 2016 jumped from 14,942 to 17,871.
That rate is nearly double that of adults with other types of brain tumors.
But the overall number of patients diagnosed with brain tumors in 2016 rose by almost 3,000 from 2015.
Brain tumors are more common in the elderly than in younger adults, and the median age of those diagnosed with them is 67.
It’s unclear whether this year’s increase is because of better care, higher-quality care, or the introduction of new therapies.
President Donald Trump has urged states to increase their investments in medical research.
“I am asking all states to do more, especially in our highly targeted research to bring down the rate of brain cancer and glioma,” Trump said in an executive order this month.
“This is a disease that has killed more Americans than any other.”
While the number of new cases of gliomas is up from 2015, the rate in the overall U.S. population has declined since then.
A report from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke found that the number and type of glial tumors in the U. S. decreased for the third year in a row in 2017.
According to the latest numbers, there were more than 17,000 new cases in the first six months of 2017.