· Analyzed data from the National Program of Cancer Registries and Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results statewide registries representing 94.2% of the US population to identify cancers diagnosed among persons aged 0 to 19 years during 2001-2009, shows:
· They identified 120,137 childhood and adolescent cancer cases during 2001-2009 with an age-adjusted incidence rate of 171.01 per million.
· The overall rate of all cancers combined remained stable over time.
· There was an increase in the overall cancer trend among African American children and adolescents.
· An increasing trend for thyroid cancer was observed among both genders and specifically among adolescents and those in the Northeast, South, and West regions of the United States.
· Renal carcinoma incidence was increasing significantly overall.
· Extracranial and extragonadal germ cell tumors and melanoma were both significantly decreasing.