About Childhood Cancer

A Dozen Facts on Childhood Cancer

Courtesy of People Against Childhood Cancer

  1. There is no known cause for childhood cancers, and they are considered rare; although worldwide over a quarter million kids are diagnosed annually.
  2. Here in the U.S., 1 in 300 kids are diagnosed before the age of 20; over 15,000 per year.
  3. The incidence of childhood cancers has increased 29% over the last 20 years.
  4. Here in the U.S. ~80% of kids survive 5 years. But ~20% of those survivors die prematurely due to the original cancer, a secondary cancer, or effects from treatment.
  5. 98% of survivors suffer from a chronic health condition by the age of 45, including pulmonary, hearing, cardiac, and other problems related either to their cancer or the cancer treatment.
  6. Overall, childhood cancers are the #1 disease killers in U.S. kids, taking more kids every year than cystic fibrosis, asthma, AIDS, and muscular dystrophy COMBINED. Worldwide, nearly 100K die annually.
  7. Kids don't vote: 96% of federal funding for research is for adult cancers, leaving 4% for childhood cancers; yet kids make up 20% of our population.
  8. Funding from large cancer organizations don't help that much; <1% of American Cancer Society's total donations are directed to childhood cancer research.
  9. Pharmaceutical companies fund 60% of all adult cancer research, but they do virtually no childhood cancer research because it is NOT PROFITABLE
  10. About 900 cancer drugs are in the drug development pipeline, and almost NONE for childhood cancers.
  11. Curing childhood cancer would be the equivalent of curing breast cancer in terms of person life-years saved.
  12. Much of private research funding comes from kids, parents and family members who raise funds through lemonade stands, shaving their heads, walking, running, biking, dancing, selling cookies….

for a more in depth list of facts please visit coalition against childhood cancer

Types of Childhood Cancer

     There are over a dozen different types of childhood cancers. If you click the links* below, you can find out more information on some of the most common:

*Links provided by St. Baldrick's

For more detailed information on these cancers please visit Cure Search