About childhood cancer


Around 2,400 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. That's around six every day.

The types of cancer affecting children are quite different from the cancers that affect teenagers and young adults (TYA); TYA cancers are different again from the types of cancer that typically affect adults aged 25+.

Thanks to investment in research and treatment, survival has increased dramatically over the past 50 years and more than three quarters of young cancer patients can be successfully treated.

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Cancer types There are many different types of childhood cancer. Get detailed information on the different types.
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Facts and figures
Get an overview of facts and figures on childhood cancer.
Charlotte during treatment for leukaemia with her family

TYA cancers
Around 2,000 15 to 24 year olds are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK.
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Treating childhood cancer
Advances in treatment and care have dramatically improved the outlook for young cancer patients
Rose Kelly

What causes childhood cancer?
Despite a wealth of research, much uncertainty remains over the causes of childhood cancers.
Luke Everett

Patient stories
A diagnosis of childhood cancer is the beginning of a long and difficult journey. Hear from families who have made this journey.
Scarlet and her family

Useful resources
Help and support from specialist organisations.
Prof Pilikingon about shildhood cancer

Watch our videoProfessor Pilkington of our Scientific Advisory Panel explains about childhood cancer and why our work is so important.
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