What is the prevalence of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the US?

Updated: Jan 03, 2019
  • Author: Vikramjit S Kanwar, MBBS, MBA, MRCP(UK), FAAP; Chief Editor: Jennifer Reikes Willert, MD  more...
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Annually, around 3000 children in the United States are diagnosed with ALL. The annual incidence of ALL within the United States is 3.7-4.9 cases per 100,000 children 0-14 years of age [3] with a similar estimated worldwide incidence, although it has been questioned whether the incidence may be less in low-income countries. [6] White children are more frequently affected than black children, and there is a slight male preponderance, which is most pronounced for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The incidence of acute lymphoblastic leukemia peaks in children aged 2-5 years and subsequently decreases with age.


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