Today’s info comes from The National Cancer Institute at The National Institutes of Health
What are the most common types of childhood cancer?
Among the 12 major types of childhood cancers, leukemias (blood cell cancers) and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of the new cases. About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias. The most common type of leukemia in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The most common solid tumors are brain tumors (e.g., gliomas and medulloblastomas), with other solid tumors (e.g., neuroblastomas, Wilms tumors, and sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma) being less common.
This fact hit close to home for me. As I mentioned in an earlier post my brother had cancer (lymphoblastic leukemia) when he was 3 and 4 years old, he’s now 19. And my goddaughter had a brain tumor (glioma) and died last year at the age of 9.
Early detection is very important. Stay aware!