The Facts

The Facts:

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. (NCI)
  • Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents 18 and under are diagnosed with cancer. (Children’s Oncology Group)
  • One out of every 300 children in America will develop cancer before their 20th birthday. (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
  • More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year. (CureSearch)
  • Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years. (NCI)
  • In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only one drug for any childhood cancer. (Kids V. Cancer)
  • The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to lose 69 years of expected life years; a significant loss of productivity to society. (Kids V. Cancer)
  • Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk for secondary cancers later in life. (NCI)

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