Childhood Cancer Facts
Did you Know?
- All types of childhood cancer combined receive less than 4% of the United States federal funding for cancer research.
- In the last 20 years, the FDA has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs that were initially studied in children. Clolar and Erwinaze.
- The causes of most pediatric cancers remain a mystery and cannot be prevented.
- One out of every 300 males and one out of every 333 females in America will develop cancer before their 20th birthday.
- Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk for secondary cancers later in life.
- More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
- When a child is diagnosed with cancer- so is their family and everyone that loves them.
- The 10 Most Common Types of Childhood Cancers
- Leukemia (acute lymphoblastic & acute myeloid)
- CNS, brain and spinal cord tumors
- Lymphomas (including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
- Skin cancer and melanomas
- Soft tissue tumors (including rhabdomyosarcoma)
- Germ cell tumors
- Bone cancers (including osteosarcoma & Ewing sarcoma)
- Renal cancer (including Wilms tumor)
- In the United States, among children, from birth to age 19, more than 18,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed each year.
- Many parents have to travel hours to hospitals to get treatment for their children. They often times have to stay there for more than a month. This leaves one parent at the hospital and one parent at home to take care of siblings. It’s very hard on the entire family.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month