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Cancer Among Children

Note: The numbers in parentheses are the rates per 100,000 children in the United States.

In 2011, the most commonly diagnosed cancers and leading causes of cancer death in children aged 0 to 19 years were—

Leukemias

  • Highest incidence rate (8.8) found among children aged 1 to 4 years.
  • Highest death rate (0.8) found among children aged 15 to 19 years.

Brain and central nervous system cancer

  • Highest incidence rate (4.3) found among children aged 1 to 4 years.
  • Highest death rate (1.0) found among children aged 5 to 9 years.

Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014.

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