As a parent or caregiver, the last thing anyone wants to think about is their child’s mortality. Even more show, the thought of your baby, child, or teenage contracting the illness can be a scary thought. Still, it is an issue many guardians face, on a daily basis; and more often than not, according to a recent report, leukemia or brain cancer is at the helm of the worry. Still, a new study reveals that brain cancer has now become the deadliest cancer for kids and teens across America, surpassing leukemia in the top spot. The information was revealed upon reviewing new national data on both diseases.
CNN reports that however, there is somewhat of a silver lining to this story. As per the National Center for Health Statistics, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the good news is that leukemia dropping to spot number two when it comes to the ‘deadliest cancer for kids’ is a positive testimony to the developments as it relates to the illness and its treatments; however, the bad news is, it also poorly reflects the absence of advancement as it relates to brain cancer.
According to the report, brain cancer or leukemia was the root cause of death for over half of the children and teens who died from cancer (ages one to 19 years) between the time period of 1999 to 2014. The report goes on to note that a sort of shift happened during that time, with brain cancer surpassing leukemia as the top type of cancer that causes fatalities in that age group.
There was also some additional positive news as it relates to cancer-causing child and adolescent deaths. The report indicated that there was a 20 percent decrease in deaths caused by cancer to this age group during the 1999 to 2014-time period, as well.
So what does this all mean at the end of the day? The National Brain Tumor Society chimed into the report and numbers noting that this data sheds even more light on just how important investment is needed, as well as innovative approaches to funding and leading, when it comes to brain tumor pediatric research.