Childhood cancer is often divided into two main types. Cancers that affect the blood and solid cancers. On average, a GP surgery will see a case of childhood cancer every 1.8 years.

Leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer in the UK forming 30% of cases. Brain and spinal tumours are the second most common making up 27% of cases.

​Solid tumours (including brain tumours) make up 60% of cases of childhood cancers, meaning a GP is statistically more likely to see a child with a solid tumour, than a child with leukaemia. This is why it is so important to be aware of the symptoms and signs.

Childhood cancer by type

Please see the links below for further information and to explore the signs and symptoms that childhood cancers can present with.



Based on data from the National Registry of Childhood Tumours 2006 - 2008