Monday, September 8, 2014

Cancer Trend Data in Children May Surprise You and Your Patients

By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief 
Photo by Kathryn Cartwright

When was the last time you looked at cancer trends in children and adolescents? Siegel et al. (doi: 10.1542/ peds.2013-3926), in a study we are releasing this week, opted to analyze data from a national cancer registry containing information on more than 94 percent of the US population to review cancer trends in children aged 0- to 19-years-old from 2001 through 2009.

Researchers studied more than 120,000 cases, and while the overall rate of childhood cancers remained stable over this time period, they identified some interesting trends including increases in thyroid and renal cancers with decreases in germ cell tumors and melanomas.

There are many other interesting findings worth reviewing in this comprehensive description analysis of this large database—so rather than my highlighting what interests me, read the article for yourself and for the patients in your practice who may have or be at risk for a particular malignancy so you can tailor the findings to your own practice needs.

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