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.
facts and statistics from kidsvcancer.org