• 43 Children are diagnosed with cancer every day
  • Childhood cancer rates have increased by 24% over the last 40 years.
  • The average age a child is diagnosed with cancer is 6
  • More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year
  • Childhood cancer is not one disease; there are 16 major subtypes and over 100 subtypes: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Brain tumors, Neuroblastoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, Retinoblastoma, Germ Cell Tumors, Wilm’s Tumor, Liver cancer, Osteosarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Skin Cancer, Soft Tissue Sarcomas, Thyroid Cancer.
  • The genetics and molecular biology of childhood cancers are different from adult cancers, but the treatments for children are based on adult research protocols, just different doses.
  • 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
  • Cancer survival rates depend on the type of cancer:
  • 0% for DIPG (a type of brain cancer)
  • 65% for AML (a type of leukemia)
  • 90% for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the most common type of childhood cancer.
  • 1 in 530 young adults (age 20-39) is a childhood cancer survivor.
  • Federal funding for childhood cancer research is only 4% or $195 million of the National Cancer Institute’s $4.9 billion budget.
  • The pharmaceutical industry does not invest in pediatric cancer because the pediatric market is too small; it’s not a good investment.

http://www.newsweek.com/2015/07/31/childrens-cancer-unprofitable-and-ignored-355135.html

60% of childhood cancer survivors will have significant health related issues by the time they are 45 years old. These long-term health effects are often treatment related side-effects such as:

  • Organ problems (Liver, Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, Bladder, Spleen)
  • Neuropathy (Nerve damage
  • Chronic Pain
  • Secondary cancers
  • Infertility
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Learning Disorders
  • Memory Impairment
  • Vision and Hearing Impairment
  • Psychological Distress
  • Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the U.S.
  • 250 kids lose their life to cancer every day.
  • 91,250 kids lose their life to cancer every year.
  • 35% of children diagnosed with cancer will die within 30 years of diagnosis.
  • 17% of children diagnosed with cancer will die within 5 years of diagnosis.
  • For most childhood cancers, we are using the same treatments that existed in the 1970’s
  • Since 1980, while hundreds of drugs have been approved for cancer treatment in adults, only THREE new drugs have been approved for use in children.
References
American Cancer Society, Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Statistics, 2014. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (JAMA, 2013; 309[22]: 2371-2381). National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 62.6, December 2013. American Society of Clinical Oncology The National Cancer Institute American Cancer Society CureSearch.org