Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States (15,780 children diagnosed per year)
12% of those children diagnosed will not survive treatment (Five children per day, 1,825 children deaths per year)
About 35% of children who survive treatment will die within 30 years of diagnosis
Children’s cancer does not discriminate, it affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups
More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year
60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers
There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States equating to 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39
From 2007 through 2016, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) spent an average of 3.94% of its research funding on pediatric cancers research.
Prostate cancer (patient average age at diagnosis, 66 years), receives more research funding from NCI than all childhood cancers combined (patient average age at diagnosis, six years)
Since 1980, only four drugs have been approved for use in children.From 1980 there have been 11 total drugs approved for use by adults.
For many of the childhood cancers, the same treatments that existed in the 1970’s are used today with few, if any, changes