Opinion | Good News on Children and Cancer


Mortality rates have fallen sharply for pediatric malignancies.

Good news is rare these days, even more so when it comes from the federal government. So it’s worth highlighting a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report on Thursday that finds cancer mortality among children has fallen by nearly 25% over the last two decades.

Cancer ranks among the top five causes of death for youth under the age of 20. While pediatric deaths from overdoses, homicides and firearm injuries have recently climbed, cancer mortality has been steadily declining for two decades, especially for younger children.

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