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CANCER: Childhood and adolescent death rate declining

The cancer death rate among children and adolescents declined between 1999 and 2014, according to this data release from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.  The mortality rate for cancer patients (aged between 1 and 19 years) was 2.28 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2014, which was 20 percent lower than in 1999.

What types of cancer are the major causes of death for this age group?

  1. Brain (30 percent)
  2. Leukemia (25 percent)
  3. Bone and related (10 percent)

Source: Curtin, S.C., Minino, A.M., and Anderson, R.N. (2016, Sept.). Declines in cancer death rates among children and adolescents in the United States, 1999-2014. NCHS data brief, 257. Click here for free full text: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db257.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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