In the 1950s, almost all kids diagnosed with cancer died.
Because of research, today about 90% of kids with the most common type of cancer will live. But for many other types progress has been limited, and for some kids there is still little hope for a cure.
Pediatric Cancer Facts
- Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
- Across all ages, ethnic groups and socio-economics, more children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined.
- Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer.
- Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes.
- Each year, the parents of approximately 15,700 kids will hear the words “your child has cancer.”
- Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
- 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
- The average age of children diagnosed is six.
- More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
- 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
- There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States. That equates to 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39.
- The number of diagnosed cases annually has not declined in nearly 20 years.