Childhood cancer

Every year, there are more than 4,000 children and young people diagnosed with cancer in the UK.

  • 11 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every day. Of these, 3 will sadly not survive.
  • 1 in 500 children will develop cancer by the age of 14.*
  • 49% of cases of childhood cancer occur in children aged 0- 4 years
  • It is estimated that there are now over 35,000 childhood cancer survivors in the UK.

Childhood cancer is the number one disease cause of death of children in the UK.**  

For oncological classification,

  • a child is defined as 0 to 14 years of age

  • a young person is defined as 15 and 24 year of age. 

There are 1,800 cases of childhood cancer a year in children and 2,400 cases a year in young people. The age group in which the incidence of childhood cancer is highest is in the under-fives with 49% of cases occuring in this age group. 

Based on data from the National Registry of Childhood Tumours 2006 - 2008

Childhood incidence by type