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Facts About Childhood Cancer

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Facts about childhood cancer

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.
  • Leukemia, brain and other nervous system tumors, lymphomas, bone cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, kidney cancers, eye cancers and adrenal gland cancers are the most common childhood cancers.
  • More children under the age of 18 succumb to cancer than to asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital abnormalities and AIDS, combined. About 1,380 children are expected to die from cancer in the United States this year.
  • Approximately 13,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in children and teens in the U.S. each year. Of those new cases, close to 11,000 are under the age of 15.
  • Many treatments can be painful and toxic, and can leave a surviving child with multiple, long-term health problems.
  • Research for pediatric cancer is drastically underfunded and few companies are interested in investing in the difficult research to develop new treatments. Virtually all funding for pediatric cancer comes from private donations and from the U.S. government.
  • For each dollar of the government budget devoted to cancer research, some people have estimated that only four pennies support pediatric cancer research.
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