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.

Types of Childhood Cancer