Around 9 in 10 children diagnosed with cancer (all childhood cancers combined) survive for at least one year. This falls to more than 8 in 10 surviving for five years or more, as shown by population-based survival for children diagnosed with cancer during 2011-15 in England.
Childhood cancer survival continues to fall slightly beyond five years after diagnosis. Around 8 in 10 children diagnosed with cancer survive for ten years or more, as shown by actuarial survival for children diagnosed with cancer during 2006-10 in England.
Survivors of childhood cancer have higher than expected mortality in adulthood compared with the general population, though the extent of this excess mortality has decreased over time.
Children’s Cancers, Population-Based One-, Five- and Ten-Year Survival, Children (Aged 0-14), England, 2006-10 and 2011-15
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- Public Health England on behalf of the Children, Teenagers and Young Adults Expert Advisory Group, National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service. Childhood Cancer Statistics, England, Annual report 2018. Available from http://ncin.org.uk/cancer_type_and_topic_specific_work/cancer_type_specific_work/cancer_in_children_teenagers_and_young_adults/, accessed October 2020.
- Fidler MM, Reulen RC, Winter DL, Kelly J, Jenkinson HC, Skinner R, Frobisher C, Hawkins MM. Long term cause specific mortality among 34 489 five year survivors of childhood cancer in Great Britain: population based cohort study. BMJ 2016; 354: i4351.
About this data
Data is for England, 2006-10 and 2011-15, International Classification of Childhood Cancer, Third Edition (ICCC-3)
All children's cancers includes all malignant tumours (ICD-10 codes: C00-C97), and all benign/uncertain or unknown behaviour brain, other central nervous system and intracranial tumours (ICD-10 codes: D32-D33, D35.2-D35.4, D42-D43 and D44.3-D44.5).