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Childhood brain and spinal tumours

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Childhood brain and spinal cord cancer statistics

Brain and spinal cord tumours (or central nervous system cancers) are the 2nd most commonly diagnosed cancer in children in Canada.

It can take several years to collect and confirm cancer data, so the number of new cancer cases and deaths from recent years may not be available for some time. The most recent data available are provided.

Incidence and mortality

Incidence is the total number of new cases of cancer. Mortality is the number of deaths due to cancer.

The most recent incidence statistics for childhood brain and spinal cord cancer types in children aged 0–14 years are from 2006 to 2010.

  • 860 Canadian children were diagnosed with childhood brain and spinal cord cancer.
  • 100 children were diagnosed with ependymoma.
  • 370 children were diagnosed with astrocytoma.
  • 190 children were diagnosed with intracranial and intraspinal embryonal tumours.

The most recent mortality statistics for childhood brain and spinal cord cancer in children aged 0–14 years are from 2008 to 2012.

  • 208 Canadian children died from childhood brain and spinal cord.

For more information about cancer statistics, go to Canadian Cancer Statistics publication.

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