· 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States
· 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will die.
· EVERYDAY 46 school children will be diagnosed with cancer.
· One in 300 boys will develop cancer before the age of 20.
· One in 333 girls will develop cancer before the age of 20.
· The incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up to 29% in the past 20 years.
· Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among US children ages 1-14.
· In 2009, only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget was used for pediatric funding.
· Young cancer patients often have a more advanced stage of cancer when first diagnosed.
· The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8.
· In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only one drug for any childhood cancer. Half of all chemotherapies used for children's cancers are 25 years old.
· Physical and neurocognitive disabilities resulting from treatment may prevent childhood cancer survivors from fully participating in school, social activities and eventually work.
· Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.
TYPES OF CHILD HOOD CANCER:
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia