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Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: An Overview see photo
Cancer accounts for 10 percent of childhood deaths in the United States, and is the second leading cause of childhood deaths after accidents. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer, and accounts for almost 25% of childhood cancers.

Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 2,400 children and adolescents younger than 20 years of age diagnosed with ALL. It is 30% more common in boys than girls, and about twice as common in white children than in black children. There is a sharp peak in ALL incidence among children ages 2 to 3 years. Due to a number of advances in the treatment of ALL during the past 20 years, the survival rate of children treated for this disease is now approaching 80 percent.