Leading Cause of Death by Disease

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

Over 40,000 Children in Treatment

More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year. (Source: CureSearch)

Pediatric Cancer is Not Rare

One out of every 300 males and one out of every 333 females in America will develop cancer before their 20th birthday. (American Society of Clinical Oncology)

Lack of Federal Funding

All types of childhood cancer combined receive less than 4% of the United States federal funding for cancer research. (National Cancer Institute)

Most Cannot Be Prevented

The causes of most pediatric cancers remain a mystery and cannot be prevented. (American Cancer Society)

Lack of Drugs for Children

In the last 20 years, the FDA has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs—Clolar and Erwinaze —that were initially studied in children. (American Association for Cancer Research)

Childhood Cancer Rates Rising

Approximately 13,500 children & adolescents 18 and under are diagnosed with cancer each year. (Children’s Oncology Group)

Incidences Have Increased 29%

Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

Average Age of Death is 8

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. (Source: Kids V. Cancer)

One Out of Five Die

Approximately 20 percent of all children with cancer will die for their disease, a secondary cancer, or complications from treatment. (National Cancer Institute)

Risk of Secondary Cancers

Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk for secondary cancers later in life. (Source: National Cancer Institute)

Childhood Cancer does not Discriminate

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region. (Source: Centers for Disease Control data)

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