Brain Cancer Is Now the Leading Cancer Killer of Kids

Brain cancer now kills more children than any other type of cancer, according to new federal data.

But this new stat comes with at least one potential silver lining: Brain tumors are not becoming more common in kids. And leukemia, the previous No. 1 pediatric cancer killer, is now much less deadly than before, the National Center for Health Statistics found.

In fact, the overall death rate from cancer fell by 20 percent among children and teens between 1999 and 2014, the NCHS found.

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