18 cases of cancer among CNMI children since 2011

12:31 pm on 12 September 2018

The Northern Marianas has recorded 18 incidents of cancer among children 17 years old or younger during the last five years.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation's five-year study revealed the figures, saying the islands averaged 3.6 newly diagnosed cancer cases a year for children in that period.

In 2011, the incidence of cancer among children climbed to 22.5 per 100,000.

Among 14-and below age range, the cancer rate was at just over 20 per 100,000.

The CHCC noted that leukemia accounted for a third of cancers in the age group.

Saipan in the Northern Marianas.

Saipan in the Northern Marianas. Photo: Supplied

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