Leukaemia

Most common childhood cancer, accounting for almost a quarter of all cases (22%) in Ireland.
An average of 55 children each year diagnosed with leukaemia.

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, where the bone marrow produces large numbers of abnormal blood cells.  Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common type of childhood cancer, accounting for 75% of leukaemia cases in Ireland.  Myeloid leukaemias are rarer and more difficult to cure.  The most common cancer of the myeloid cells is acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) accounting for 16% of leukaemia cases.

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