How common is leukemia?

In the year 2006 in the United States, about 35,000 new cases of leukemia are expected. It is the most common cancer in children. Leukemia causes an estimated 22,000 deaths each year.1

The four main types of leukemia include:


  1. American Cancer Society (2006). Cancer Facts and Figures 2006, pp. 1–56. Atlanta: American Cancer Society. Available online:

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