- 1 in 330 children are diagnosed before age 20.
- There are few factors that change susceptibility to childhood cancer. It doesn't discriminate by race, ethnicity or socio-economic standing.
- 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer die within 5 years.
- Additional children with cancer who die after 5 years are considered "survivors" in many statistics. Children who fall into this category include Ariel, Per, and Jack, who died at 14, 9, and 8, respectively, but more than 5 years after diagnosis.
- If we take into account all children who die from childhood cancer, or from effects of cancer treatment, survival is only 66%.
- Half of these survivors (33% of all those diagnosed) suffer debilitating or severe long-lasting side effects from treatment, including kidney failure, heart and lung problems, retarded growth, emotional and behavior problems, and even secondary cancers.
- Childhood Cancer is the LEADING cause of disease-related death in children in the US, killing more than pediatric AIDS, cystic fibrosis, athsma and congenital heart defects COMBINED.
- 7 children die everyday from childhood cancer.
- 1 new drug has been approved for childhood cancer treatment in the last 20 years. In the meantime, incidence of childhood cancer has increased 29%.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Some Simple Facts...
...About Childhood Cancer: