Childhood Cancer Awareness

Facts and Figures (0-14 year olds)

  • 1 in 500 children will develop cancer by the age of 14.
  • Childhood cancers account for 0.5% of all cancers in the UK
  • Boys are more likely to develop cancer than girls with a ration of 6:5. Though this is dependent on tumour type boys are twice as likely to develop lymphomas than girls
  • In the UK latest figures suggest:
    • There are 1821 new cases annually between 2013 and 2015.
    • 231 Children have died from cancer between 2014 and 2016.
    • 82% of all children have survived cancer between 2006 and 2010. Please note the survival rate is dependent on the type of cancer.
    • Figures taken from Cancer Research UK and Children with Cancer UK reports.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment has improved over the last 50 years and the death rate has reduced and survival rate improved.

Types of Childhood Cancers

Most common types of Childhood Cancers are:

  • Leukaemia (blood)
  • Brain Tumours
  • Lymphomas (immune system)

Less common Childhood Cancers:-

  • Nerobastoma (nervous system
  • Wilms Tumour (kidneys)
  • Non- Hodgkin Lymphoma (blood)
  • Retinoblastoma (eye)
  • Osteosarcoma (bone)
  • Hepatoblastoma/Hepatocellular Carcinoma (liver)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma (many sites)

Please note cancer develops at different ages, dependent on the type. Between 5% and 15% of all childhood cancers are genetic. The rest develop due to environmental factors and lifestyle choices.

Organisations, Medical Centres and Hospices for Children with Cancer

Address The White House, High Street, Woodford Green, 1G8 9LB
Tel no 020 8505 9944

Since 2003 Haven House has supported over 600 families of children and young people with cancer, life limiting and terminal diseases.