CANCER IS THE #1 CAUSE OF DEATH BY DISEASE IN CHILDREN
You may not know that childhood cancer is more common than you think. See below to learn more about childhood cancer and what it takes to "survive cancer."
Nearly 15, 000 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year
1 in 500 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 15, estimated 12,00 new cases and 1,400 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children (ages 0-14) each year
The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6 years old
1 out of 5 children with childhood cancer die
Every school day, 43 young people (or two classrooms of children) are diagnosed with cancer
Childhood cancer is not one disease, sad to say all 25 types get clumped together. Each type requires their own research and unique treatments
Unlike adult cancer, it is crucial that each childhood cancer type requires its own research and unique treatments to find and make the CURE happen
Only 4% portion of all federal funding for cancer research is focused on childhood cancers
3 out of 5 children suffer from long-term side effects from cancer. Childhood cancer survival rates differ by each type of childhood cancer. Survival rates for childhood cancer has not significantly increased over the last 10 years. Why is that? - funding goes towards adult cancers. There are about 500,000 childhood cancer survivors in the U.S., or 1-in-every-1000 young adults. Approximately 1-in-600 adults between the ages of 20 and 39 is a survivor of childhood cancer. Nearly 30% of our US population is under 20 years old, we need to care and advocate for these cancer fighters and survivors.