home arrow home arrow Childhood cancer deals African Americans poor survival rate

Login Form






Lost Password?
No account yet? Register
DIGITAL EDITION
Childhood cancer deals African Americans poor survival rate PDF Print E-mail
Written by PRNewswire   
Sunday, 13 January 2013

cancer-kid-web.jpgBETHESDA, Md. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) — Childhood cancer is rare. Children with cancer account for less than 1 percent of all new cancer cases in the United States.

But cancer is the second leading cause of death (after accidents) among children ages 1 to 14. It is estimated that in 2012 in the United States, more than 12,000 children (ages 0 - 14) will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 1,300 will die from it.

There is good news in that, over the past 20 years, childhood cancer deaths overall have dropped, and many more children are surviving a cancer diagnosis. For example, only 58 percent of children ages 0 - 14 diagnosed in 1975 - 1977 lived at least five years after diagnosis, whereas it is estimated that more than 80 percent of those diagnosed today will make it to the 5-year mark.

This improvement is due to advances in treatment and to the high participation of children with cancer in clinical trials.

Although African-American children are less likely than white children to develop cancer, their five-year survival rate is poorer, according to the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program.

The most common types of childhood cancer are leukemias (blood cell cancers) and cancers of the brain and central nervous system. The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown, and researchers are trying to learn about possible risk factors.

Despite the improvements in outcomes overall, some types of childhood cancer remain very difficult to treat and have low cure rates. NCI continues to try to find more effective treatments for all childhood cancers through research and clinical trials.

If you have a child with cancer,  you can learn about cancer clinical trials and what benefits they may offer, at NCI’s website, cancer.gov/clinicaltrials/learningabout

For more information, visit cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/childhoodcancers or call NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237). More culturally relevant Lifelines articles and videos are available at cancer.gov/lifelines

*Editor’s note: The following is part of the Lifelines education and awareness print series that the National Cancer Institute provides to African-American news and information outlets.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comments.

busy
Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 January 2013 )
 
< Prev   Next >
 

LATEST NEWS

AP Latest News Video




Alcohol Awareness Month


Polls

Which Governor Provided The Most Opportunities for Black Businesses?
 
 
Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone featureMicrosoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature
NEW YORK — Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices last Wednesday as it seeks to gain tra...
Read more...
Google Glass, good for cooking, needs InternetGoogle Glass, good for cooking, needs Internet
NEW YORK — Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while...
Read more...
FTC says operators of jerk.com deceived consumersFTC says operators of jerk.com deceived consumers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badl...
Read more...
‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded ‘Rio 2’ dazzling but overloaded
A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, Rio 2 is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set ...
Read more...

Wellness News



The most influential African American weekly newspaper in South Florida

Beatty Media LLC