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What is the rate of incidence for central nervous system embryonal tumors?

There are no exact statistics for the number of children with central nervous system (CNS) embryonal tumors. But in general, these types of tumors are rare. There are over 50,000 reported cases of brain and central nervous system (CNS) cancer in the United States every year. Of these, less than 4,000 are children. Brain and CNS cancers are the second most common types of cancers in children, next to leukemia. Brain and CNS cancers account for about 20 percent of all cancers diagnosed in children and are most commonly diagnosed in children between one and four years old.

More than 359,000 persons in the United States are estimated to be living with a diagnosis of primary tumor of the brain or central nervous system. More than 195,000 Americans are diagnosed with a brain tumor each year. Brain tumors are the most common form of solid tumor in children.

Spinal cord tumors are less common than brain tumors. Although they affect people of all ages, spinal cord tumors are most common in young and middle-aged adults. Nearly 3,200 central nervous system tumors are diagnosed each year in children under the age of 20.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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