An Unresolved Drama
Although cancer in children is fortunately uncommon, it is the first cause of death by disease among children in USA
The causes of most childhood cancers are still not known
Although only five percent of all cancers in children are caused by an inherited mutation, most of them are thought to develop as a result of gene mutations.
However, unlike many cancers in adults, gene mutations in childhood cancers are not strongly linked to life style or environmental factors.
When a child dies of cancer there are 70 potential life years lost on average compared to 15 potential life years lost for adults