Neuroblastoma - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2015

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma 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.

Neuroblastoma accounts for 6% of all childhood cancers in the United States, with about 700 children younger than 15 diagnosed each year. It is the third most common tumor in children and the most common cancer in babies younger than one.

The overall survival rate is the percentage of people who survive after the cancer is found. It depends on many factors, particularly the risk grouping of the tumor. The five-year survival rate for children with low-risk and intermediate-risk neuroblastoma is higher than 95%. For children in the immediate-risk group, the five-year survival rate is 90% to 95%. For children with high-risk neuroblastoma, the five-year survival rate is 40% to 50%. (See Stages and Risk Groups for information on risk groupings.)

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

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 and the ACS website.

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