Browser does not support script.
Skip to main content
Find out how we produce our information|
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|.
Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2014
For answers, support or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line free (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm)
If you have any questions about cancer, need support or just want someone to talk to, ask Macmillan.
Our video explains what cancer is, how it develops and some common treatments.
We worked with The Chilidren's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) to make sure you have the information you need about children's cancer.
If you have any questions about Macmillan we would love to hear from you| .
You can also follow us| on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or YouTube.
© Macmillan Cancer Support 2013
what are these?|