Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer Facts
(source:  Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation)

• Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. Less than 5% of the federal government’s total funding for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancers each year.

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

• 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.