Childhood Cancer Increases, Death Rates Plunge

ATLANTA (January 31, 2014) Childhood cancer cases continue to increase, but death rates have fallen by in half, according to an American Cancer Society report released Friday that is called one of the most comprehensive looks at the types of cancer that most commonly affect children and adolescents.

Childhood cancer is considered rare, especially compared with cancer in adults, but, it's the second leading cause of death in pre-adolescent, school-aged children and it is growing more common.

New diagnoses have been inching up each year, led by some types of blood and lymphatic cancers.

The good news is that childhood cancer death rates dropped more than 50 percent since 1975, to 24 per 1 million children and adolescents in 2010.

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