• Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for about 1 out of 3 cancers. Overall, however, childhood leukemia is a rare disease.
• About 3 out of 4 leukemias among children and teens are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Most of the remaining cases are acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Chronic leukemias are rare in children.
• ALL is most common in early childhood, peaking between 2 and 4 years of age. Cases of AML are more spread out across the childhood years, but it is slightly more common during the first 2 years of life and during the teenage years.
• ALL is slightly more common among white children than among African-American and Asian-American children, and it is more common in boys than in girls. AML occurs about equally among boys and girls of all races.
(Via American Cancer Society)
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