Incidence Rates and Trends of Pediatric Cancer — United States, 2001–2014
- Childhood cancer varies geographically. This research may help states assess their needs in order to make sure that cancer patients have access to high quality cancer treatment and long-term care to monitor for side effects of their treatment after they have completed therapy.
- Overall, we found a slight increase in pediatric cancer from 2001 to 2014. Cancer was increasing for lymphoma, thyroid, brain, kidney, and liver cancer and was decreasing for melanoma. This study could help researchers more effectively study why pediatric cancer is increasing or decreasing and why certain groups of children and adolescents are more affected.
- These findings are only possible because countless healthcare workers have tirelessly invested in creating and maintaining cancer surveillance systems. These findings stress the importance of continued cancer surveillance. We hope our study will guide researchers to design studies that will allow them to better understand the reasons driving these changes.
“Even though cancer in children remains very rare, CDC watches these cases closely and works with partners to improve the treatment and long-term care for these children and adolescents.”
-David A. Siegel, MD, MPH, EIS Class of 2016
CDC Media Relations
David A. Siegel, MD, MPH, EIS Class of 2016
CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Education: MD: George Washington University (Main campus/Foggy Bottom), 2008; MPH: George Washington University (Main campus/Foggy Bottom), 2008; BA: Wasington University in St. Louis, 2003
Work Experience: Fellow (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology): Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2012-2015; Resident (Pediatrics): Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2008-2011 Work Experience: Senior Associate in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 2015-Present; Urgent Care Physician, Pediakare, Newnan, GA, 2011-2012; Infectious Control Resident, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO, 2000-2003