• 1 in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer.
  • 43 Children are diagnosed with cancer every day.
  • The average age a child is diagnosed with cancer is 6.
  • More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
  • Childhood cancer rates have increased by 24% in the last 40 years.
  • There are 16 types of childhood cancer and over 100 subtypes.
  • The genetics and molecular biology of childhood cancers are different from adult cancers, but we still use adult treatments for children. 

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.
  • 250 children lose their life to cancer every day.
  • 91,250 kids lose their life to cancer every year.
  • 17% of children diagnosed with cancer will die within 5 years of diagnosis. 35% of children diagnosed with cancer will die within 30 years of diagnosis.

60% of childhood cancer survivors develop treatment related health problems, including:

  • Organ damage (Liver, Heart, Lungs, Kidneys, Bladder, etc.)
  • Infertility
  • Nerve Damage and Chronic Pain
  • Secondary Cancers
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Learning Disorders and Memory Impairment
  • Vision and Hearing Impairment
  • 1 in 530 young adults (age 20-39) is a childhood cancer survivor.
  • There are 375,000 adult survivors of childhood cancer in the U.S.
  • The 5-year survival rates for childhood cancer depend on the type of cancer, ranging from 0% for DIPG (a type of brain cancer) to 90% for ALL (a type of leukemia).

Sources
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
Children’s Oncology Group
CureSearch Foundation