Brain cancer is the number one cancer for kids according to data. The data has been provided by federal government information (National Center for Health Statistics). Before this new information was gathered, leukemia ranked as the number one type of cancer developed by young children and teens.
Leukemia is a type of blood cancer which deals with the body’s “blood forming tissues”, according to the Mayo Clinic. This means that the cancer can develop in the body’s bone marrow and lymphatic system.
Before the presentation of this new data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) noted that leukemias had the highest incident rate of cancer in children at 8.3 per 100,000 children aged 1 to 4 years old. Brian cancer came in at 4.5 per 100,000 children aged 1-4. The data in which these statistics are based is the year 2013.
According to the news story in which this post is based, the reason for the decline in leukemia cancers in children is due to the advances that have been made in this area of cancer. The treatment for children who have leukemia is making great advances while brain cancer has not seen the same advances. As the article points out, “Brain cancer and leukemia accounted for more than half of all cancer deaths for people age 1-19 in 1999 and 2014.”
Brain cancer is the number one cancer for kids but as more research is done in this area, hopefully the number of children afflicted with this cancer will also drop. For families dealing with children who have developed brain tumors, awesome resources like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and others offer families the help and guidance needed to deal with the challenges in cases like these.
As mentioned above, you can visit HERE to read more about the article in support of this post, and as always, remember to speak with your doctor regarding the details of your medical condition.