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Cancer is a disease where the cells of the body are out of
Body cells normally work in a controlled way. With cancer, the
cells grow in an uncontrolled way. They damage the part of the body
where they first started (primary tumour) and can spread to other
parts of the body (secondary tumour or metastasis).
Children's cancer is rare. Only one in every 600 children
under the age of 15 years develops cancer. In Victoria, there are
between 150 and 180 children diagnosed with cancer each year.
There are many different types of cancer. The most common
children's cancers are leukaemias, brain tumours and lymphoma.
The various types of cancer diagnosed are
shown in the pie chart.