This September, we’re raising awareness about childhood cancer.
About 11,050 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020. While cancer death rates for this age group declined by 65 percent from 1970 to 2016, cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease among children.
The most common types of cancer diagnosed in children are leukemias, brain cancer and other central nervous system tumors, and lymphomas.
Today, because of treatment advances, more than 80 percent of children treated for cancer survive at least five years. But the treatments that help children survive cancer can cause health problems later on in life.
Learn more about childhood cancer:
- Childhood and Adolescent Cancer in Wisconsin (WI Cancer Facts & Figures)
- Cancer in Children (American Cancer Society)
- Research on Childhood Cancers (National Cancer Institute)
- Pediatric Supportive Care (National Cancer Institute)
PLUS: See how the Wisconsin Cancer Plan 2020-2030 can support your work in cancer treatment and survivorship