Over 15,600 children and adolescents under 20 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States.1 About 470 of those children and adolescents are from Michigan.2 Research improvements in health care have let to major decreases in U.S. childhood cancer death rates in the last few decades. In Michigan, the childhood cancer death rate has decreased by almost 40% in the past three decades.3
Leukemias - cancers of the blood and bone marrow - are the most common types of childhood cancers. The most common types of leukemia diagnosed in children are Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). The second most common types of childhood cancers are brain and nervous system cancers.4
Childhood cancer data are available on the MiTracking data portal.