A new study from specialists shows that brain cancer is the main cause of death for children in the United States. According to previous reports, leukemia used to be the most severe disease which lea to infancy death. The announcement was recently made by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pediatricians compared mortality rates in 2014 to statistics dating back at the beginning of the 2000s. By studying them, they observed that sixteen years ago, one out of three children died because of leukemia. Brain cancer led to one death out of four diagnosed children. However, in recent years, the situation has changed, as officials announce today that brain cancer is now the leading cause of death for kids.
Specialists know how to explain the current situation. They say that it is not caused by an increase in brain cancer rates. The change is caused by the decreasing cases of leukemia. This is good news, as it implies that doctors were able to treat efficiently and cure a large number of leukemia cases.
The fact that brain cancer replaced leukemia in this matter also means that doctors need to focus on the new leading cause of death. As the treatment for leukemia has been improved and shows good results, it is the time that specialists find an equally effective solution for brain cancer as well.
The researchers in charge with the statistics said that more and more brain cancer cases in children started to appear in 2011, and the number has been increasing ever since. It was only two years ago when the researchers could state for sure that a change occurred regarding the main cause of death for children.
Researchers are aware that a great challenge is ahead of them, namely developing an efficient treatment for brain cancer. However, this a more difficult task than leukemia, as brain tumors require extremely delicate surgery. Doctors must always be careful not to damage healthy tissue because such an action can sometimes have irreversible consequences.
Cancer is a terrible disease, regardless of its form. Surgery is important because it eradicates the tumor, but the next step to recovery is a difficult treatment, including chemotherapy. It is a hard period, especially for children. Doctors say that even if they survive the surgery, there are still many risks regarding their future development.
Specialist Sally Curtin was in charge of the new report on the leading causes of death in children.
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