Ewing Sarcoma - Childhood: Statistics

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many children and teens are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Each year, about 225 children and teenagers in the United States are diagnosed with a Ewing tumor, most of which will be Ewing sarcoma. Ewing tumors make up about 1% of all childhood cancers. Most Ewing tumors are diagnosed in teenagers, but they can also affect children and young adults in their 20s and 30s.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the tumor is found. The five-year survival rate for people with a Ewing tumor that that has not spread is about 70%. If the tumor has metastasized (spread) at the time of diagnosis, the five-year survival rate is about 15% to 30%. The survival rate is slightly higher for people with a tumor that has only spread to the lungs compared with a tumor that has spread to other organs.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from a number of people with this type of cancer in the United States, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with a Ewing tumor. Because the survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of Ewing sarcoma. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society.

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