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Compared with adult cancers, childhood cancers are rare and there are a number of very rare types which account for around 20-25% of all childhood cancers. Most behave like other children’s cancers, growing and spreading to other parts of the body.
Rare children’s cancers are broadly categorised as follows:
Children’s liver tumours
Other rare childhood cancers
Tumours that normally only occur in adults are occasionally found in children and include cancers of the digestive system, the thyroid, and the adrenal gland.
Rare tumours which only occur in children include:
new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in people aged 0–24
cases of leukaemia will be the most commonly diagnosed
children & adolescents die from cancer every week
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