Rhabdomyosarcoma - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 02/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many children 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.

About 350 children are diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma each year. More than half of childhood rhabdomyosarcomas are diagnosed in those under age 10. Rhabdomyosarcoma accounts for 3% of all new childhood cancers each year in the United States. It is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children.

The overall five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. For children younger than 14, this is 68% overall, but it varies widely depending on the tumor location, stage and risk group, and the child’s age.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of children with this type of cancer, 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 rhabdomyosarcoma. 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.

Source: The American Cancer Society.

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