Childhood cancer in Louisiana 1988-1996.

Vivien W. Chen, Beth A. Schmidt, Xiao Cheng Wu, Catherine N. Correa, Patricia A. Andrews, Mei Chin Hsieh, Mohammed N. Ahmed

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Utilizing data from the Louisiana Tumor Registry, cancer incidence among children younger than 15 years of age is presented by major cancer type, according to the primarily histology-based International Classification of Childhood Cancer scheme. Cases include those diagnosed and/or treated at any hospitals and medical facilities in Louisiana, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, M.D. Anderson in Houston, and from neighboring states. Rates were age-adjusted, presented as rates per million, and were compared to the combined rates of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program. The significance of rate differences were assessed at 0.05 level. From 1988-1996, about 125 children were diagnosed with cancer each year. In general, rates are higher in younger than older children, males than females, and white children than African-American children. The five most common childhood cancers are: leukemias (28% of total cases), central nervous system malignancies (22%), lymphomas (13%), renal tumors (8.4%), and soft tissue sarcomas (7.6%). Major findings of these cancers and their associated risk factors are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalThe Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society : official organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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