Each year in Texas, almost 1,200 children and adolescents younger than 20 years of age are diagnosed with cancer. Approximately 200 children and adolescents die of cancer each year, making cancer the most common cause of disease-related mortality for Texans 0-19 years of age. The tables presented on this web site were created to provide detailed information on the incidence of childhood and adolescent cancer in Texas for scientists, policy makers, and the public. These population-based data are important in helping us better understand these cancers, their causes, and ultimately, reducing cancer incidence and mortality.
Childhood cancer rates include myelodysplastic syndromes and Group III benign brain/CNS tumors for consistency with national childhood cancer statistics. Childhood cancer rates are given as rates per 1,000,000, and are presented for ages 0-14 (childhood) and 15-19 (adolescent) by each major childhood/adolescent cancer type, for the entire state, by health service region, and for counties with at least 100,000 population. For each of the 254 Texas counties, a table of the overall childhood and adolescent cancer rates is also provided.
Please Note: The following files are in Excel format. Please see the DSHS file viewing page for additional information.
Childhood/Adolescent Cancer Case Classification
Statewide (Extended Classification Table)
Public Health Region (Major Childhood Cancer Site Groups)
Each Public Health Region is listed on a separate tab
County (Major Childhood Cancer Site Groups)
For counties with at least 100,000 population; each county is listed on a separate tab
All Texas Counties, total childhood cancer