Cure Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer Facts

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Childhood cancer is more common than many may realize. Please use this fact sheet to arm yourself with knowledge – and spread the word – about childhood cancer.

  • Nearly 16,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the next 12 months.
  • In Georgia, more than 430 children will be diagnosed with cancer this year.
  • 1-in-408 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 15.
  • 1-in-285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20.
  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children.
  • The average age of a child diagnosed with cancer is 6 years old.
  • 1 out of 5 children with childhood cancer die.
  • An estimated 10,450 new cases and 1,350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children (ages 0-14) this year.
  • Every school day, 43 young people (or two classrooms of children) are diagnosed with cancer.
  • 3 out of 5 children suffer from long-term side effects from cancer.
  • Only 3% of federal funding for cancer research is focused on childhood cancers.
  • Childhood cancer is not one disease. There are more than 25 different types, each requiring their own research.
  • Childhood cancer is not the same as adult cancer. Separate research and treatments are required.
  • Since the 1950s, overall survival rates have risen from less than 10% to almost 80%.
  • Childhood cancer cure rates vary for each type of childhood cancer.
  • Overall progress has flat lined over the last 10 years, indicating a strong need to increase funding research for children.
  • There are about 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the U.S., or 1-in-every-900 young adults.
  • Approximately 1-in-530 adults between the ages of 20 and 39 is a survivor of childhood cancer.
  • Since nearly 30% of the U.S. population is under the age of 20, we must find ways to fund critical research that will deliver a cure.
  • This year, CURE is funding $2.5 million in research spanning 16 major studies.

Sources: http://curechildhoodcancer.ning.com/m/discussion?id=2253982%3ATopic%3A150716

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@research/documents/webcontent/acspc-042151.pdf

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