Important Childhood Cancer Facts and Statistics
Cancer is Killing Our Kids
Before cancer invaded our lives, we didn’t know how pervasive childhood cancer is.
Now we know. And we feel obligated to share what we have learned…
Childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer of children and teenagers, more than any other disease.
Every school day 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer.
Each week, 49 children die from cancer and nearly 40,000 children are in treatment.
Survival rates, while improving, have leveled at around 75%.
73% of surviving children have chronic, long-term health issues ranging from infertility to developmental problems to major organ damage to higher risk for secondary cancers, while 42% have life-threatening side affects.
Yet Childhood Cancer Research is Underfunded
It seems inconceivable that so little funding and research is designated to fight childhood cancer. The truth is that childhood cancer drugs just aren’t very profitable for pharmaceutical companies, and adult cancers (like prostate and breast cancer) get more attention. These statistics about childhood cancer research may surprise you.
Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s annual cancer research budget is allocated to childhood cancer research.
There are 16 major types of childhood cancers and over 100 sub-types.
In the past 35 years, only 3 new FDA approved drugs were specifically developed to treat children with cancer.
SEPTEMBER is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Did you see gold ribbons on cereal boxes and gold lights on the White House? We didn’t either.
This is Why We Continue to Fight
We’ve visited too many kids in hospitals and attended too many kids’ funerals.
We’ve seen the devastating effects of toxic chemotherapy treatments, and felt the anguish upon hearing that a B+ Hero’s cancer has returned.
We are committed to funding groundbreaking cancer research with the guidance of a world-class Scientific Advisory Board. Read more about the organizations that we’re collaborating with and the progress that is being made.
We are committed to keeping our expenses low so that we can fund more research and help more families who are financially strained. We work hard to put $.97 of every dollar donated toward these programs, which is why non-profit watchdog GuideStar assesses us as a Gold Participant.
We are committed to helping families across the country and proud to be one of the leading providers of assistance to families of kids with cancer, having helped families from over 200 hospitals nationwide with $2,000,000 last year.
We are committed to giving kids a voice in Washington, D.C. As a founding member of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2) and a member of the renowned Alliance for Childhood Cancer, we personally advocate for increased government funding.