Leukemia In The Young – Incidence And Survival Statistics

Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer. In the United States, leukemia affects around 3,500 children aged 0-14 each year which represents around 40% of all childhood cancers. In young adults, leukemia rates are somewhat lower but the disease is still one of the 5 most common forms of cancer in the 15-39 age group.

Childhood leukemia rates in the USA have been increasing steadily by around 1% a year for the past half century. The reasons for this increase have not been established although some research has suggested increased exposure to electro-magnetic fields may explain at least part of the rise.