Pediatric Cancer Facts

Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

  • Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
  • The risk of any single individual developing cancer by age 20 is approximately 1 in 330.
  • In the United States, approximately 10,500 children under age 15 and 3,700 adolescents ages 15-19 are newly diagnosed with cancer each year.

The overall survival from pediatric cancer is estimated to be 75-80 percent, and the majority of these are considered “cured.” (In the early 1950s less than 10 percent, and before the 1970s, less than 50 percent of children with cancer could be cured.)

Childhood leukemia once was a most dreaded disease that meant almost certain death for a child diagnosed with it. Today, thanks to advances in research and medical treatments, over 80 percent of childhood leukemia patients survive!

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