Childhood Cancer Facts

Cancer kills more children than any other disease

Some pediatric brain tumors have a 0% survival rate
The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8 years old

Surviving childhood cancer doesn't guarantee a happy ending

3 out of 4 childhood cancer survivors have long-term chronic illness
40% have severe illness or die from illnesses such as secondary cancer

Pediatric cancer research is severely underfunded

Childhood cancer receives only 4% of U.S federal funding for research
R&D in pharmaceutical industry: Adult cancer research 60%
Children's cancer research close to 0%

Doctors are forced to use outdated drugs

In 20 years, 228, 000 newly diagnosed children with cancer
Only 1 drug has been developed for pediatric cancer
Some protocols haven't changed in 30 years

Each year, 13,500 are diagnosed with cancer

35,000 children this year are in active cancer treatment
In the last 20 years, incidence of invasive pediatric cancers has risen 29%

Unlike many adult cancers, childhood cancer cannot be prevented

The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown
Childhood cancer spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region

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