Cancer Facts

Childhood Cancer Facts


-Each year around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US, that’s more than a classroom of kids a day.

-35,000 children are currently in treatment for cancer.

-Some 25% of all kids who are diagnosed with cancer die.

-More children die of cancer every year than adults died in 9/11.

-Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.

-The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a child to lose 69 years of expected life.

-The death of a child is one of the most traumatic events a family might face. Families who have lost children are often financially and emotionally depleted.

-74% of childhood cancer survivors have chronic illnesses, and some 40% of childhood cancer survivors have severe illnesses or die from such illnesses.

-Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk for secondary cancers later in life.

-Cancer treatments can affect a child’s growth, fertility, and endocrine system. Child survivors may be permanently immunologically suppressed.

-Radiation to a child’s brain can significantly damage cognitive function, or if radiation is given at a very young age, limiting the ability to read, do basic math, tell time or even talk.

-Physical and neurocognitive disabilities resulting from treatment may prevent childhood cancer survivors from fully participating in school, social activities and eventually work, which can cause depression and feelings of isolation.

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