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U.S. has most Brain Cancer Hospitalizations
Newswise — People in the Northeastern U.S.
are one-third more likely than those in the
South or West to be hospitalized for
treatment of brain cancer or to have brain
cancer when they are hospitalized for
another illness or complication, according
to the latest News and Numbers from the U.S.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
In 2006, about 30 of every 100,000 people in
the Northeast were hospitalized with brain
cancer. That compares to 23 per 100,000 for
people in both the South and West. The rate
was slightly higher for people in the
Midwest – 25 per 100,000.
AHRQ’s analysis also shows that in 2006:
• Nationally, the hospitalization rate for
brain cancer remained stable since 1995 –
roughly about 35,000 hospital stays a year.
• An additional 38,000 hospital admissions
were associated with brain cancer – mostly
for chemotherapy or radiotherapy to continue
treatment, or for convulsions, pneumonia or
other complication from the disease. These
hospitalizations increased 18 percent since
• Among people over 65, men were 62 percent
more likely to be hospitalized primarily for
brain cancer and 55 percent more likely to
be hospitalized with brain cancer as a
secondary diagnosis than were women.
• While 6.2 percent of hospital patients
admitted for brain cancer died while
hospitalized in 1995, the rate dropped to
4.4 percent in 2006.
This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on data
in Hospitalizations for Brain Cancer, 2006 (http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb68.pdf).
The report uses statistics from the 2006
Nationwide Inpatient Sample, a database of
hospital inpatient stays that is nationally
representative of inpatient stays in all
short-term, non-Federal hospitals.
The data are drawn from hospitals that
comprise 90 percent of all discharges in the
United States and include all patients,
regardless of insurance type, as well as the