Brain Cancer Now Top Cause of Cancer Death in US Children

Brain Cancer Now Top Cause of Cancer Death in US Children

Brain cancer has replaced leukemia as the leading cause of cancer death among US children and adolescents aged 1 to 19 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The news comes from a report on cancer death rates in young people from 1999 to 2014 issued by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).As of 2014, other common sites of cancer-related deaths among US children and adolescents were bone and articular cartilage (10.1%), thyroid and other endocrine glands (9.0%), and mesothelial and soft tissue (7.7%).

More than half of all cancer deaths among US children and adolescents from 1999 to 2014 were attributable to leukemia or brain cancer. That has been the case for a long time. These two cancer types combined accounted for 53.4% of all child and teen cancer deaths in 1999 and 54.8% in 2014.