Standard screening test: NONE

  • An estimated 6200 new cases of leukemia are diagnosed in Canada per year (2015).
  • Leukemia is the seventh leading cause of cancer death in Canada (all ages). Cancers of the central nervous system (CNS) and leukemia were the leading causes of cancer deaths among children, adolescents and young adults. overall 5 year survival = 27% These two types of cancer accounted for 60% of all childhood cancer deaths (ages 0-14) and 31 % of all adolescent and young adult cancer deaths (ages 15-29).
  • Childhood tumours are more likely to be embryonic or hematopoietic in origin, most commonly leukemia, lymphoma and central nervous system (CNS) cancers.

Additional facts & information:

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia overall 5 year survival = 71%
  • Acute myeloid leukemia overall 5 year survival = 27%
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia overall 5 year survival = 85%