The CDC presented new findings of increasing rates of brain cancer, renal cancer, hepatic (liver) cancer, and thyroid cancer among individuals under 20 years old in the USA after analyzing 2001–2014 US National Cancer statistics tumor data from 48 states (covering 98% of the US population).
These findings of increased nervous system cancer rates were presented at the 2018 American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Conference in May, 2018 and also at the 67th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference April 16–19, 2018.
See selected excerpts from the 2018 CDC presentations below (including PDF).
EHT Note: “Central Nervous System Neoplasms” can include tumors of the brain, spinal cord, or meninges of the brain.
“The overall pediatric cancer incidence rate increased (AAPC=0.7, 95% CI, 0.5–0.8) during 2001–2014 and contained no joinpoints. Rates increased across sex, age, race/ethnicity, region, economic status, and rural/urban status.”
“Rates of brain, renal, hepatic, and thyroid cancers increased, and rates of melanoma decreased.”
“Conclusions: This study documents increased rates of pediatric cancer during 2001–2014. Increased overall rates of brain and hepatic cancer and decreased rates of melanoma are novel findings using data since 2010. Next steps in addressing changing rates could include investigation of diagnostic and reporting standards, host biologic factors, or environmental exposures.”
Read the Abstract from the CDC Conference on page 108 https://www.cdc.gov/eis/downloads/eis-conference-2018-508.pdf#page=120
Read the CDC press release “Incidence Rates and Trends of Pediatric Cancer — United States, 2001–2014” that states, “Overall, we found a slight increase in pediatric cancer from 2001 to 2014. Cancer was increasing for lymphoma, thyroid, brain, kidney, and liver cancer and was decreasing for melanoma.” at https://www.cdc.gov/eis/conference/dpk/Incidence-Rates-Pediatric-Cancer.html .
IMPORTANT NOTE: This research by the CDC used data from the United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) a combined cancer registry data from CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program.
Together, these data provide the latest cancer information on the entire U.S. population and cover 98% of the US population.
Recently a reporter told EHT that this data seemed to be in contradiction to information posted on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) website. The reporter asked how EHT could be stating that CDC says brain cancers are rising in pediatrics when the reporter went online and found information stating “the brain cancer rates were stable.” He sent this link.
So we wrote the CDC scientist and the CDC scientist responded to EHT that that the NCI link sent by the reporter refers to statistics that represent only 13.4% of the US population, whereas the new CDC report uses the USCS database representing 98% of the US population.
Hence, the CDC data showing a rise in brain and other cancers among the under twenty population is current and most representative of the US population. Brain cancers are rising in the young.