Childhood Cancer Incidence Up, Related Mortality Down — Physician’s First Watch
Childhood Cancer Incidence Up, Related Mortality Down
By Amy Orciari Herman
Although incidence rates of childhood cancer have increased "slightly" in the U.S. since 1975, cancer-related mortality has declined by 50%, according to a new report from American Cancer Society published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
Using data from several national cancer registries, the researchers estimate that 1 in 285 U.S. children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20, and that 1 in 530 young adults aged 20 to 39 is a childhood cancer survivor.
The authors conclude that it is "likely that most pediatric and primary care practices will be involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of young patients and survivors." They include a discussion of risk factors and management for common childhood cancers.