Children’s cancers are rare. In the UK, only 1 in every 500 children under 15 develops a cancer. So about 1,700 children (up to the age of 15) in the UK are diagnosed with cancer each year.
These cancers can be quite different from cancers affecting adults. They tend to occur in different parts of the body to adult cancers. They also look different under the microscope and respond differently to treatment.
Cure rates for children are much higher than for most adult cancers. On average, about 75% (more than 7 in 10) of all children can now be completely cured. For some types of children’s cancer, the cure rate is much higher.
We have information about the different types of children’s cancer.