Childhood cancer by the numbers

It’s a sentence no family wants to hear: “Your child has cancer.”

However, it may be a reality for many, with thousands of new cases expected to be diagnosed this year.

Sept. 1 marks the beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Below are some key figures.

10,270: The number of new childhood cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. this year for kids ages 0 to 14, according to the National Cancer Institute.

1,190: The estimate for how many children are expected to die from cancer this year, per the NCI. 

1: For children, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease, the National Cancer Institute says.

3: “The major types of cancers in children ages 0 to 14 years are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors, and neuroblastoma,” the institute says online. 


29%: The percent of childhood cancers that are leukemia, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says in a report. The next largest cases of cancer are brain and CNS tumors making up 26 percent, and neuroblastoma 6 percent, the ACS says. The report indicates that “childhood cancer” refers…

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