Diet and Childhood Cancer

Preliminary Evidence
  • Greta R. Bunin
  • Joan M. Cary
Part of the Nutrition ◊ and ◊ Health book series (NH)


Cancer is the most common fatal disease of childhood in the United States. Between ages 1 and 15, only accidents kill more children. Approximately 14/100,000 children develop cancer each year, or about 7500 children in the United States (1,2). This incidence rate indicates that about 1 in 500 children develop cancer before the age of 15. The common cancers of childhood are not those of later life; leukemia accounts for about one-third of childhood cancers and brain tumors about one-fifth. The other major cancers, in order of frequency, are lymphoma, neuroblastoma, Wilms’ tumor, soft tissue sarcoma, osteogenic sarcoma, and retinoblastoma (2). Since the early 1970s, the incidence of childhood cancer appears to be increasing slowly (1), but whether the observed increase reflects better diagnosis or real change is not known. The same time period has also seen a dramatic improvement in the survival of children with cancer, with approx 70% of these children now alive 5 yr after diagnosis (2). However, some are left with long-term medical and cognitive problems.


Brain Tumor Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Childhood Cancer Orange Juice Vegetable Consumption 
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