Childhood leukemia

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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 statistics for leukemia in children aged 0 to 14 years are from 2012 to 2016:

  • 1,230 Canadian children were diagnosed with leukemia.
  • 985 Canadian children were diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • 170 Canadian children were diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.

The most recent mortality statistics for leukemia in children aged 0 to 14 years are from 2013 to 2017:

  • 142 Canadian children died from leukemia.
  • 59 Canadian children died from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • 57 Canadian children died from acute myelogenous leukemia.

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

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