Incidence of first primary central nervous system tumors in California, 2001-2005

Monica Brown, Rudolph Schrot, Katrina Bauer, Deanna LeTendre

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We examined the incidence of first primary central nervous system tumors (PCNST) in California from 2001-2005. This study period represents the first five years of data collection of benign PCNST by the California Cancer Registry. California's age-adjusted incidence rates (AAIR) for malignant and benign PCNST (5.5 and 8.5 per 100,000, respectively). Malignant PCNST were highest among non-Hispanic white males (7.8 per 100,000). Benign PCNST were highest among African American females (10.5 per 100,000). Hispanics, those with the lowest socioeconomic status, and those who lived in rural California were found to be significantly younger at diagnosis. Glioblastoma was the most frequent malignant histology, while meningioma had the highest incidence among benign histologies (2.6 and 4.5 per 100,000, respectively). This study is the first in the US to compare malignant to benign PCNST using a population-based data source. It illustrates the importance of PCNST surveillance in California and in diverse communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-261
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Brain and other central nervous system neoplasms
  • Cancer incidence
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic groups
  • Health disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Neurology


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