Facts about Pediatric Cancer
- Pediatric Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States. (www.cancer.gov)
- All pediatric cancers combined receive less than 4% of the national funding for research.
- Children who receive high-dose chemotherapy during treatment are most likely to be diagnosed with a secondary cancer at some point in their lifetime.
- Most treatments are 20-30 years old and make the kids very sick.
- Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. That is almost 700 new kids affected every day.
- Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region.
- Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die of cancer.
- 91,250 kids lose their life to cancer every year.
- Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.
- One in 285 children in the USA will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.
- Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.