Pediatric cancer rates down

New Media Producer: Nick Storm

The number of children dying from cancer in the U.S. has gone down significantly according to a new CDC report.

In 1990 the pediatric cancer death rate was roughly 35 percent. In 2004 that number dropped to 27 percent.

The report also revealed trends in pediatric cancer cases. For example, the disease was fatal for more boys than girls, children were more likely to beat the disease than teens, and Hispanic children had higher mortality rates compared to Caucasian and African American children.

The report also showed death rates were highest in western states. Researchers say the significant decline in pediatric cancer deaths is most likely due to better treatment options.