Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

September 16, 2016

(UPI) – The number of U.S. children who die from cancer has fallen 20 percent since 1999, and leukemia is no longer the top killer, a new federal government report shows. The decline continues a trend that began back in the 1970s, experts said. What’s new is that leukemia — the most common type of childhood cancer — is no longer the leading cause of cancer deaths. Survival among children with leukemia has improved to the degree that brain cancer now tops the list.