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.
Children develop different types of cancers than adults but they often have the same types of treatments.