Cancer in Retreat on One Front: Fewer Children Are Dying

Children are dying less often from cancer, with substantial declines in all races and age groups, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics.

From 1999 to 2014, the overall deaths from childhood cancer fell by 20 percent. The rate among 1- to 19-year-olds went down to 2.28 per 100,000 population, from 2.85. Adolescents 15 to 19 were the most likely to die, but their rate fell by 22 percent.

There were no significant differences in the death rates of white and black children with cancer. Among whites, the rate declined 17 percent; among blacks, 23 percent. The death rate for boys was about 30 percent higher than that for girls.

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