February 22, 2017

Childhood Cancer Facts

Did you know….

  • Cancer is the #1 disease killer in children under the age of 15.
  • 15,780 children will be diagnosed in the US this year.
  • Childhood cancer is not one disease but is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.
  • The average age of diagnosis of childhood cancer is 6 years old.
  • Survival rates for all types of childhood cancer is over 80%.
  • The most common type of cancer in children is Leukemia.
  • Treatment for Leukemia is 2 ½ years for girls and 3 ½ years for boys.
  • Despite improvements in cure rates the number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in 20 years.
  • 60% of all childhood cancer survivors will suffer from late effects such as: diabetes, learning difficulties, infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
Hundreds of local children and families have been affected by childhood cancer in the last decade.

Hundreds of local children and families have been affected by childhood cancer in the last decade. Doctors and Nurses work hard to cure patient’s cancers, but families need more than medical help to get them through this difficult time. The Kids Cancer Foundation provides hope and support to these “little warriors” and their families.