Raising Awareness About Childhood Cancer

  • Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children.
  • Approximately 13,000-14,000 children per year are affected with some type of cancer - nearly 37 kids a day are diagnosed.
  • An average of 1 in 300 children will develop cancer. Leukemia accounts for 1/3 of these diagnoses.
  • The average five-year survival rate is 80%.
  • Half of all chemotherapy treatments are over 20 years old.
  • One quarter of survivors face a late effect from treatment that is classified as severe or life-threatening.
  • Complications of chemotherapy may include new cancers.
  • Adult cancers are significantly better funded from the private sector than pediatric cancers.
  • The National Cancer Institute spends 96% of its budget on adult cancers and 4% on childhood cancer. This amounts to around $190 million A YEAR.
  • The American Cancer Society’s current grants total only ~4% for childhood cancer research.

Source: American Cancer Society, NCI