FACTS

• By the age of 20, one child or teen in 330 is diagnosed with cancer.



• Each year 12,400 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed in the United States.



• More children die of cancer than of any other disease, including asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and AIDS, COMBINED.



• In general, the overall five-year relative survival rate (the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding  
those who die from other diseases) of children with cancer is around 80%.



• Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.



• Every two minutes a parent hears the devastating news, "Your child has cancer."



• The causes of most childhood cancers are unkown and at present, cannot be prevented.



• Leukemias and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of childhood cancers.



• As of January 1, 2010, there were approximately 380,000 survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer (diagnosed at ages 0 to 19 years) alive in the United States (1). The number of survivors will continue to increase, given that the incidence of childhood cancer has been rising slightly in recent decades and that survival rates overall are improving.



More information can be found on the National Cancer Institute and St. Baldrick's Foundation website.