The death rate has nearly quadrupled in the last 48 years. The survival rate used to be 14%  in the '60s but now in 2004 it was stated that it was a little over 50%

There is a 35% higher chance of men dying than women.

Children are the ones affected the most, commonly effected with acute lymphocytic leukemia the survival rate hovers around 55% in our country.  Leukemia is the leading cancer death in children despite the death decline.

Like other cancers, early detection does extend the survival rate; however, because there are no tests recommended for earl detection, this cancer is very hard to detect early.  The most proactive approach one can take with this information is to keep a sharp eye out for leukemia's symptoms in hopes of a longer survival.