Neuroblastoma accounts for
approximately 7% of cancers in children under 15 years. It is considered as the 3rd most common cancer after
hematologic malignancies and tumors of the central nervous system.
represent environ 15% of cancer death among children; the tumor causes nearly 10 deaths per million children
aged 0-4 years old, and 4 deaths per million in children aged 4-9 years old. Number of people diagnosed with
neuroblastoma each year in the US is estimated at 650, according to the American Cancer Society.
Incidence of neuroblastoma
decreases with age. According to the National Cancer Institute, incidence decreases every consecutive year up to
age 10, after which the disease is rare. Age distribution at diagnosis is as follows:
patients are younger than 1 year,
patients are aged 1-2 years
patients are older than 2