About Childhood Cancer
Cancer in Australia
What are the most common types of new cases of cancer in Australia?
Source: AIHW Australian Cancer Database 2015.
During 2011–2015, the most common cancers among children aged 0–14 fell into 3 broad cancer groups (ICCC-3):
- leukaemias (5.8 per 100,000 or 35% of all cases), including lymphoid leukaemias (27% of all cases)
- central nervous system (including brain) cancers (2.3 cases per 100,000 children aged 0–14 or 14%)
- lymphomas (2.2 cases per 100,000 children aged 0–14 or 13%), including:
- Hodgkin lymphomas (3.8%)
- Non-Hodgkin lymphomas (except Burkitt lymphoma) (3.5%).
There were more new cases of cancer for children aged 0–4 than for older children.
Most common types of new cancers among children aged 0-14, 2011–2015
Source: AIHW Australian Cancer Database 2015. Website