Childhood leukemia statistics
Leukemia is the 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 and mortality statistics for leukemia in children aged 0 to 14 years are from 2009 to 2013.
- 1,445 Canadian children were diagnosed with leukemia.
- 145 Canadian children died from leukemia.
- 1,130 Canadian children were diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and 59 died from it.
- 180 Canadian children were diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and 57 died from it.
For more information about cancer statistics, go to the Canadian Cancer Statistics publication.
I was in total shock when I heard the diagnosis of cancer. Cancer to me was an adult’s disease. Being a 13-year-old teenager, it certainly wasn’t even on my radar.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.