Childhood cancers are the #1 cause of death for children. More than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, & pediatric AIDS combined.
One in every 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 19.
On the average, 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Nearly 3,000 children and teenagers will die each year from cancer.
80% of children have metastasis disease at the time of diagnosis as compared to only 20% of adults.
One quarter of children diagnosed with cancer will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Three out of every five children diagnosed with cancer suffer from long-term or late onset side effects. More than ½ of childhood cancer survivors can expect to have life-threatening or a serious chronic disease by the age of 45.
Cancer in childhood occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.
The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown and cannot be prevented.
Less than 3% of all cancer funding is directed at the twelve major types of childhood cancers.
Childhood cancer is 20 times more prevalent than pediatric AIDS, yet pediatric AIDS receives four times the funding that childhood cancer receives.
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, which nationally goes largely unrecognized.
The gold ribbon is the universal awareness symbol of childhood cancer.