About Childhood ALL
- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer in children 1 to 7 years old.
- Most children are cured of the disease after treatment.
- ALL incidence is higher in children from 0 to 14 than it is in people aged 15 years through young adulthood.
- The risk of developing ALL is highest at age 4 and then decreases until about age 50 when the chances of getting the disease increase again.
Because of new and better therapies, cancer survival rates for children have improved dramatically during the last several decades. Scientists continue to search for the causes of childhood leukemia so they can develop better treatments with less toxic side effects.