Cancer survival for children in England: patients diagnosed 1990-2006 and followed up to 2011

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Great Britain. Office for National Statistics
Office for National Statistics
Date of publication
10 December 2013
Health Services, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This is the first statistical bulletin on childhood cancer survival in England and includes data on survival for all children (aged 0–14 years) diagnosed with cancer in England during 1990-2006, followed up to 31 December 2011. Five-year survival estimates are presented for all cancers combined, for each year from 1990 to 2006. Survival estimates are reported by age group and for all ages combined, both unstandardised and age-standardised.

The key findings: five-year survival has gradually increased for children (aged 0–14 years) diagnosed with cancer from 66.6% in 1990 to 81.3% in 2006; increases in survival over this period have been slightly larger in those aged 5–9 years at diagnosis than in those aged 0–4 years or 10–14 years; and five-year survival has consistently been above 80% for all childhood cancers combined since those diagnosed in 2004.