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16 September 2016

United States: Brain Cancer Now Top Cause of Cancer Death in Children

"During 1999–2014, brain cancer replaced leukemia as the most common cancer causing death among children and adolescents aged 1–19 years, accounting for 3 out of 10 cancer deaths in 2014."

Declines in Cancer Death Rates Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 1999–2014
NCHS Data Brief No. 257, September 2016

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Sally C. Curtin, M.A., Arialdi M. Miniño, M.P.H., and Robert N. Anderson, Ph.D.

Key findings

  • Data from the National Vital Statistics System
  • During 1999–2014, the cancer death rate for children and adolescents aged 1–19 years in the United States declined 20%, from 2.85 to 2.28 per 100,000 population.
  • The cancer death rate for males aged 1–19 years in 2014 was 30% higher than for females.
  • Declines in cancer death rates during 1999–2014 were experienced among both white and black persons aged 1–19 years and for all 5-year age groups.
  • During 1999–2014, brain cancer replaced leukemia as the most common cancer causing death among children and adolescents aged 1–19 years, accounting for 3 out of 10 cancer deaths in 2014.

Since the mid-1970s, cancer death rates among children and adolescents in the United States showed marked declines despite a slow increase in incidence for some of the major types (1–3). These trends have previously been shown through 2012. This data brief extends previous research by showing trends in cancer death rates through 2014 among children and adolescents aged 1–19 years in the United States. Cancer death rates for 1999–2014 are presented and trends are compared for both females and males, by 5-year age group, and for white and black children and adolescents. Percent distributions of cancer deaths among children and adolescents aged 1–19 years are shown by anatomical site for 1999 and 2014.

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db257.htm

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