- 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.)
- 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).
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute
Children’s Oncology Group