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BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 02 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5427

Number of UK child cancer deaths falls by 22%: Figures from Cancer Research UK show that 22% fewer children now die from cancer each year than a decade ago.1 The number of children dying from cancer in the UK had fallen from an annual average of around 330 between 2001 and 2003 to around 260 between 2010 and 2012. The sharpest decline was in leukaemia, where the death rate has almost halved from an average of around 100 deaths a year to around 55. The charity has attributed the fall to new chemotherapy combinations and …

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