Statistics, Fact & Figures regarding Childhood Cancer:
2014 Childhood Cancer Statistics – 10 Key Facts
(Source: American Cancer Society) September 1, 2014
Below are 10 key facts from the new report. All figures are for the U.S.
- 1 in 285: The chance a child will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.
- 2,240: The number of brain and central nervous system cancers diagnosed in 2014 among children aged 0 to 14. This is second most common cancer in this age group and does not include the 730 cases of benign and borderline malignant brain tumors.
- 15%: The percentage of all cancers diagnosed in adolescents (aged 15 to 19) that is Hodgkin lymphoma – the most common cancer in this age group.
- 15,780: The number of new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in children and adolescents in 2014.
- 1,350: The number of children aged 0 to 14 expected to die of cancer in 2014.
- 610: The number of adolescents aged 15 to 19 expected to die of cancer in 2014.
- 26%: The percentage of childhood cancers, among those aged 0 to 14, which are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), the most common cancer in this age group.
- 64%: The 5-year survival rate for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) for children aged 0 to 14 diagnosed between 2003 and 2009.
- 90%: The 5-year survival rate for ALL – up from 57% for those diagnosed between 1975 and 1979.
- 1 in 530: The number of adults aged 20 to 39 who are childhood cancer survivors.