New data show that in America, cancer in children is the highest in the northeast and lower in the south. Leukemia is more common in Western countries, but rates of brain tumor and pediatric lymphoma are much higher in the Northeast.
The alarming rise of cancer
While the experts can not determine the reason for the difference In cancer rates, the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases emphasize that it is primarily about ensuring that doctors, hospitals and the government is ready to take care of the children. The National Cancer Institute suspects that there may be genetic variations in different populations, as 5 percent of childhood cancer comes from inherited genes.
The CDC team states that rates of certain types of cancer could vary depending on the child's race. The team went on to say that children who are Hispanic have the highest rate of leukemia, pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and those with a higher population of Hispanics have the highest rates of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Lower Rates in the South
Studies found that the state, New Hampshire, had the highest rate of pediatric cancer at 205 per million, followed by the District of Columbia and New Jersey. South Carolina and Mississippi had the lowest rates of cancer rates reported at 1
"Changing the cancer rate in children could be related to differences in exposure to carcinogenic chemicals (eg, air pollution, secondhand smoke, food or drinking water) or radiation," said CDC epidemiologist Dr. David Siegel, wrote.
The CDC notes that every year, 15,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer that is less than 19 years old and 10,000 cancer cases, including 14 years old and younger. Some cancers occur when genetic mutations occur after the birth of a child.
Despite alarming rates, the survival rate is high, 80 percent of children survive. In America, tobacco, alcohol and obesity are among the most common causes of cancer.
However, these are not usually risk factors for children. Studies have also looked at pesticides, infectious agents and nuclear power plant residents to see if these factors increase childhood cancer. The results, however, were mixed. The study found that more research was needed to validate these new results.
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