Cancer Incidence and Survival among Children and Adolescents: United States SEER Program 1975-1995
Summary of Survival Findings
- The report, Cancer Incidence and Survival among Children and Adolescents: United States SEER Program 1975-1995, is a compendium of statistical trends and risk factors associated with childhood cancers. The authors of the chapters in the monograph are childhood cancer experts. This report should aid researchers in the search for answers about these rare cancers.
- Since the 1970s, overall mortality rates for most childhood cancers have declined, and survival rates have improved markedly.
- Cancer incidence and survival data based on nearly 30,000 newly diagnosed cases from 1975-1995 are presented from population-based registries in five states and five metropolitan areas, comprising about 14 percent of the U.S. population.
- Overall 5-year survival rates for adolescents (15-19 years old) with cancer improved from 69% to 77% from 1975-84 to 1985-94.
- For some cancer types (Hodgkin's disease, germ cell tumors, thyroid cancer, and melanoma), 5-year survival rates were 90% or better for the most recent time period (1985-94).
The full monograph text is available through the SEER home page.
Ries LAG, Smith MA, Gurney JG, Linet M, Tamra T, Young JL, Bunin GR (eds). Cancer Incidence and Survival among Children and Adolescents: United States SEER Program 1975-1995, National Cancer Institute, SEER Program. NIH Pub. No. 99-4649. Bethesda, MD, 1999.