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Childhood cancer Key Facts

Childhood Stats DoughnutKey messages on incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes) and a summary table of the statistics for childhood cancer are given here.

More comprehensive information and statistics for childhood cancer is here: incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes), long-term follow-up and diagnosis and treatment.

The latest statistics available for childhood cancer are; incidence 2009-2011, mortality 2009-2011, and survival 2006-2010. Source years are specified in the statistics table. Find out why these are the latest statistics available.

About childhood cancer

  • ‘Childhood’ refers to those children aged 0 to 14, inclusively.
  • Childhood cancers are generally very different to those seen in adults.
  • Childhood cancers can be grouped into twelve types:

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How common is childhood cancer?

Read more in-depth childhood cancer incidence statistics.

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How many children survive cancer?

Read more in-depth childhood cancer survival statistics.

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How many children die from cancer?

Read more in-depth childhood cancer mortality statistics.

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What causes childhood cancer?

Read more in-depth risk factors for childhood cancers.

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Childhood cancer statistics table

CHILDHOOD CANCER STATISTICS Boys Girls Children Country Year3
Number of new cases per year1 862 713 1,574 UK 2009-
2011
Incidence rate per million population2 154.9 134.5 144.9
Number of deaths per year1 132 120 252 UK 2009-
2011
Mortality rate per million population2 23.3 22.3 22.8
Five-year survival rate - - 82% Great
Britain
2006-
2010
Ten-year survival rate - - 76% Great
Britain
2006-
2010

1. Average of the last three years, including benign, unknown or uncertain behaviour brain, other CNS and intracranial tumours   2. World age-standardised    3. Latest statistics available

More detailed statistics on childhood cancer can be found using these links: incidence, survival, mortality, risk factors (causes), long-term follow-up and diagnosis and treatment.

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Updated: 5 June 2014