Top Ten Cancer Statistics

1. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States.

2. Every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer.

3. The average age of diagnosis is 6.

4. Cancer affects all ethnic, gender, and socio-economic groups.

5. More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.

6. One out of 5 children who are diagnosed with cancer do not survive.

7. 3 out of 5 children who survive, suffer devastating late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.

8. In the last 40 years, the overall survival rate for children’s cancer has increased from 10% to more than 80%, but for many more rare childhood cancers, the survival rate is much less.

9. There are approximately 350,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States.

10. Every year, 13,500 parents hear the words “your child has cancer.”

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