Despite improving survival rates, cancer is the leading cause of death in children and young people.
The most common types of childhood cancer are:
- Acute leukaemias, diagnosed in 1 in 3 children with cancer
- Cancers of the brain and spinal cord, diagnosed in 1 in 4 children with cancer
In the UK, around 1,800 children (aged 0 – 14 years) are diagnosed with cancer each year. This number includes non cancerous (benign) brain tumours.
Childhood cancer differs significantly from adulthood cancer.