Cancer is never a nice subject, but it’s particularly hard to deal with when it affects a child. Unfortunately, cancer does not spare young people. In fact, the National Cancer Institute says that, although cancer is rare in children overall, more than 15,000 people in the U.S. aged 19 and younger are expected to be diagnosed this year.
There are some forms of cancer that seem to favor children (although kids can get adult cancers in rare cases), and they can be very aggressive. Like any cancer, finding it and starting a treatment plan as soon as possible are the keys to recovery. Here are the seven most common cancers in kids…
There a variety of leukemias, and they all affect the blood or bone marrow, making them particularly difficult to contain. The American Cancer Society explains that leukemia accounts for around 30-percent of all childhood cancers.
Although leukemia in itself is fairly common, the most common forms of the blood cancer are acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute myelogenous leukemia, which produce symptoms such as joint pain, weakness, pale skin, and bleeding. These acute cancers can grow quickly, adds the source.