What are the key statistics about neuroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma is by far the most common cancer in infants (less than 1 year old). It accounts for about 6% of all cancers in children. There are about 700 new cases of neuroblastoma each year in the United States. This number has remained about the same for many years.
The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 1 to 2 years. In rare cases, neuroblastoma is detected by ultrasound even before birth. Nearly 90% of cases are diagnosed by age 5. Neuroblastoma is very rare in people over the age of 10 years.
In about 2 of 3 cases, the disease has already spread to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body when it is diagnosed.
Last Medical Review: 10/29/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013