Leukemia the Most Common Childhood Cancer in Kenya-Report

February 7, 2023

Latest report by the National Cancer Institute indicates that Leukemia is the most common accounting for 15 percent of all childhood cancers in the country.

Leukemia is followed by brain tumors at 11 per cent, lymphomas at 10 per cent while other cancers account for 47 per cent.

Leukemia is cancer of the body’s blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and the lymphatic system. Many types of leukemia exist. Some forms of leukemia are more common in children.

“The proportion of childhood cancers (0-18 years) relative to cancers in all age groups was found to account for 2 per cent of the total cancer cases,” the report shows.

“There were slightly more childhood cancers reported among females (53 per cent) than males (47 per cent).”

Overall, 25 per cent of all cancers were diagnosed between the age of zero to 29 years, while 75 per cent of cases were diagnosed between ages 30 and 84 years.

Globally, statistics shows that Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and teens, accounting for almost 1 out of 3 cancers.429 000 new childhood cancer cases each year are reported worldwide.


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