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Childhood leukaemia in England and Wales has seen a real increase since 1970s

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39317.632604.DB (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:420
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The incidence of leukaemia in children in England and Wales rose by 20% between the early 1970s and the end of the century, new research shows, an increase of 4% every five years.

    The incidence of childhood leukaemia rose from 38.3 per million person years in 1971-5 to 46.1 in 1996-2000, found the study, in the British Journal of Cancer (doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6603946). The results also show that throughout the 20th century the incidence of the disease and mortality were at least 15% higher in boys than in …

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