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Childhood Cancer Stats
  • Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.

  • Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.

  • One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.

  • Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide.

  • Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.

  • Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group; socioeconomic class; or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.

  • Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.

  • To learn more about childhood cancer please visit

Lack of funding

The National Cancer Institute has a research budget of nearly 5 billion dollars.  Unfortunately only about 4% of this is dedicated to pediatric cancer research.

 

Pharmaceutical companies make up about 60% of funding for adult cancer research but for children this percentage drops to around 1%.

Lack of Funding

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