FACT 1

Cancer is the number one leading cause of death by disease among children under 19 in the United States.

FACT 2

About 1 in 285 children develop cancer before the age of 20.

FACT 3

Each day, approximately 47 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

FACT 4

About 16 in 100 children lose their fight with cancer within 5 years of diagnosis.

FACT 5

Childhood cancer is not one disease – there are more than 12 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes.

FACT 6

Today, we have only six drugs that were approved in the first instance for use in cancer treatment for children

FACT 7

Between the years of 2009 and 2019, nine of the 11 drugs used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia — which is the most common childhood cancer — were in and out of shortage.

FACT 8

More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors have significant health related issues by the age 45.

FACT 9

Some of the unwanted side effects of cancer treatments cause more harm to children than they do to adults. This is because children’s bodies are still growing and developing, so cancer and its treatment are more likely to affect developing organs

FACT 10

Because of the advocacy and united efforts of our community, the NCI has nearly doubled their budget for pediatric cancer. Once 4%, (which started the #morethan4 movement) is now 8.78%, which is equivalent to 566 million dollars.

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CHILDHOOD CANCER

Childhood Cancer Facts

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