Childhood Cancer Statistics

  • One in every 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 19.

  • On the average, 12,500 children and adolescents in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.

  • Nearly 3,000 children and teenagers will die each year from cancer.

  • 80% of children have metastasis disease at the time of diagnosis as compared to only 20% of adults.

  • One quarter of children diagnosed with cancer will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

  • Three out of every five children diagnosed with cancer suffer from long-term or late onset side effects. Most childhood cancer survivors can expect to have life-threatening or a serious chronic disease by the age of 45.

  • Cancer in childhood occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.

  • The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown and cannot be prevented.

  • Less than 3% of all cancer funding is directed at the twelve major types of childhood cancers.

  • Childhood cancer is 20 times more prevalent than pediatric AIDS, yet pediatric AIDS receives four times the funding that childhood cancer receives.

  • September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, which nationally goes largely unrecognized.

  • The gold ribbon is the universal awareness symbol of childhood cancer.

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