This Child Cancer Awareness month, People Who Do Things is raising money for Children with Cancer UK. Read Max’s story to find out why.
- Childhood cancer is rare – around 1,600 new cases are diagnosed every year in the UK (in children aged 0-14 years)
- This means that around one child in 500 will develop some form of cancer by the age of 14 years
- Childhood cancers account for 0.5% of all cancers in the UK
- Cancer occurs more commonly in boys than girls, by a ratio of around 6:5. This varies by tumour type; the most striking excess is in lymphomas, which boys are more than twice as likely to develop
- In Britain, childhood cancer incidence rates increased by 38% between 1966-2000. Some of this increase is thought to be due to improvements in diagnosis and registration
- The childhood cancer rate in the UK is the lowest in Europe, and one of the lowest of all Western industrialised countries. Australia and the US have some of the highest rates. The reasons for this variation are not clear.