Over 15,500 children and adolescents under 20 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. 450 of those children and adolescents are from Michigan. Research and improvements in health care have decreased the U.S. childhood cancer death rate by nearly 55 percent over the last four decades. In Michigan, the childhood cancer death rate has decreased by 60 percent in the past three decades.
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.
Childhood cancer data are available on the MiTracking data portal.