Suspected cancer in children (Oncology)

Cancer in childhood is thankfully rare, although the incidence is increasing, with currently approximately 2000 children being diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK.  Leukaemia, lymphoma and central nervous system (CNS) tumours account for two thirds of new diagnoses, with leukaemia being the most common (Cancer Research UK).

Deaths from cancer in childhood account for less than 1% of all cancer deaths in the UK, with brain and other CNS tumours accounting for most deaths.  Overall mortality rates are reducing with early recognition and prompt initial management of cancer in childhood.

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