For the month of September wear gold in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The goal of this month is to spotlight the types of cancer that affect approximately 15,780 children in the United States each year.
10 Fact About Childhood Cancer You Probably Didn’t Know
- The causes of childhood cancer are largely unknown
- Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults
- Average number of years lost to cancer–Children: 71 years versus Adults: 15 years
- Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer; 91,250 lose their life to cancer each year
- Every year, 263,000 new cases of cancer affect children worldwide–that’s 720 cases per day!
- Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children. Cancer kills more kids in this country than AIDS, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy combined
- 2 out of 3 childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment
- In 2012, the cost to RE-ELECT the SAME president was estimated to be 2.6 billion dollars. That same year, we spent less than 10% of that 2 billion dollars funding childhood cancer research
- The percentage of funding for drug development from pharmaceutical companies for childhood cancer research is almost zero because children’s cancer drugs aren’t profitable
- Less than 5% of Federal Government Cancer Research funding is dedicated to childhood cancer each year.
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