Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announces the release of the New Hampshire Childhood Cancer Issue Brief. The issue brief is the first compilation and review of current available data on childhood cancer of New Hampshire residents.
“We have certainly made improvements in reducing the incidence of cancer in our State,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, “however we know there is much more that must be done to improve the health of all our residents. This report identifies the specific areas of cancer that have long term impact on the well being of New Hampshire children and future residents, and the areas where we must continue to work.”
Childhood cancer is the second most important cause of disability and death among New Hampshire children. Each year in New Hampshire, it is estimated that nearly 73 children are diagnosed with cancer. According to this brief, the most common forms of childhood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, cancer of the central nervous system (including brain and spinal cord), and soft tissue sarcomas, which together account for 68% of the cases in New Hampshire children. The majority of childhood cancer cases occur in children 15-19 years of age.
“There are a number of ways in which the data from this brief can help us understand the extent of childhood cancer in New Hampshire,” stated DPHS Director Dr. José Montero. “From providing clear evidence of the magnitude of this public health problem, to helping us monitor trends over time to evaluating prevention strategies, this documentation will be invaluable as we move forward with strategic planning.”
The New Hampshire Childhood Cancer Issue Brief is posted on the DHHS website at www.dhhs.state.nh.us/DHHS/HSDM/cancer-data.htm then click on Childhood Cancer in NH.