•Cancer is still the leading cause of death from
disease among U.S. children over one year of age.
•In the United States, in children from birth to age 19,more than 18,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed every year.
•This year, approximately 3000 children in the U.S.
will be diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia,
a cancer of the white blood cells, making it the most
common pediatric cancer.
•While progress against childhood cancer has been
made, cure rates for some pediatric cancers still
remain below 50%.
•Cancers found in children are biologically different
from those seen in adults.
•The 10 most common types of childhood cancer are:
Leukemia, Central Nervous System, brain, and spinal
cord tumors, Lymphomas, (including Hodgkin and
non-Hodgkin lymphoma), Skin cancer and
melanomas, Soft tissue tumors (including
rhabdomyosarcoma), Germ cell tumors,
Neuroblastoma, Bone cancers (including
osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma).