Facts about Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and
spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region

  1. 1 in 330 Americans develop cancer before the age of twenty-one.
    • 2 classrooms of children are diagnosed every school day in the USA
    • 1 in 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer
    • The average High School has 2 current or former patients
  2. Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children ages 0-20 in the USA
  3. Causes of most childhood cancers are unknown.
  4. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
  5. Only 1 new drug has been approved for the treatment of childhood cancers in the past decade.
    • Most treatment options have long lasting effects; sterility, cognitive & physical development, physical debilitation
  6. Major Non-profit organizational annual funding for Childhood Cancer research ~ $5M of ~ $865M budget vs ~ $50M for Adult Cancers