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Pediatric Cancer Statistics

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Pediatric Cancer Statistics

Facts About Pediatric Cancer

The word cancer frightens many patients and their families but thinking of pediatric cancer is even more devastating. Still, cancer remains the #1 cause of death by disease for children in America. Unlike adult cancers, childhood cancers do not have the same level of preventative scans set in place, making regular care from their pediatrician vital.

Here are some vital statistics to remember regarding pediatric cancer to ensure your child gets the help they need as soon as possible:

Rates of Diagnoses

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 10,470 children in the United States under 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.

Although the overall incidence of childhood cancer has remained relatively stable over the past few decades, the survival rate has increased dramatically. More than 85% of children with cancer now survive five years after diagnosis.

Most Common Forms of Pediatric Cancers

There are many different types of pediatric cancers, but some of the most common include leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, lymphoma, and Wilms tumor. Each type of cancer is unique and requires a specific treatment plan.

1. Leukemia

Leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children, accounting for about 33% of childhood diagnoses. It is a cancer of the blood cells that begins in the bone marrow. The two most common types of leukemia in children are acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

2. Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors

Brain tumors are the second most common type of cancer in children, accounting for about 26% of all childhood cancer diagnoses. The most common type of brain tumor in children is an embryonal tumor, which starts in the developing brain. Spinal cord tumors are less common and account for about 26% of pediatric cancer diagnoses.

3. Lymphoma

Lymphoma is cancer that affects the lymphatic system, part of your immune system. The two most common types of lymphoma in children are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Like other types of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to increasing survival rates for children with lymphoma.

Compassionate Pediatric Care in Bishop

If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, it is essential to seek out experienced medical professionals who can create a customized treatment plan based on the type and stage.

With proper care and support, childhood cancer survivors can go on to lead long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Keeping children healthy takes an entire community. Northern Inyo Healthcare District partners with families to promote a healthy lifestyle for children to achieve their greatest potential. Learn more about our pediatric services and professional affiliations in cancer care today.