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Let's Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day

CHILDHOOD CANCER IN NUMBERS EVERY YEAR 175,058 13,500 ognosed with cancer in the US children aged 14 and under are diagnosed with cancer worldwide children aged 19 and under are 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every day in the US ONE in every FOUR elementary schools has a child with cancer :ONE high school has TWO students who are current or former cancer patients. CANCER IS THE #1 CAUSE O F DISEASE-RELATED DEATH FOR CHILDREN Although cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15, cancer is still relatively rare in this age group: out of every 10,000 children in the US, 1 to 2 children a year will develop the disease Leukemias and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of all new cases. The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8 Cancer doesn't spare any ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. About ONE IN 300 BOYS and 0NE IN 333 GIRLS will develop cancer before their 20th birthday 1 IN 5 CHILDREN diagnosed with cancer will die within 5 years 1 IN 3 CHILDREN diagnosed with cancer will won't live a normal life span CANCER KILLS more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. PERCENT OF DEATHS BY DISEASE 100%1 OTHER OTHER OTHER 80 HEART DİSEASES HEART DİSEASES HEART DISEASES 60- CONGENITAL MALFORMATIONS CONGENITAL MALFORMATIONS CONGENITAL MALFORMATIONS 40- CANCER 20 CANCER CANCER 1-4 years 1-4 years 1-4 years WHO ARE CHILDHOOD CANCER SURVIVORS? MORE THAN 325,000 PEOPLE IN THE US = 1 IN 680 ADULTS BETWEEN AGES 20-50 Almost 75% of childhood 40% of them cancer survivors have have severe chronic illnesses or fatal ones 75% 40% Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk of developing secondary cancers later in life Cancer treatments can affect a child's growth, fertility, and endocrine system, or can cause damage to cognitive function The incidence of children diagnosed with all forms of invasive cancer has steadily increased over the last 20 years: cases per 1975: 11.5 100,000 children cases per 2004: 14.8 100,000 children At the same time, the 5-year survival rate (decreased mortality) for most childhood cancers increased: 1975-1977: (68.1 1996-2003: (79.0 The increased survival rates are due to significant advances in treatment, resulting in a cure or long-term remission for a substantial proportion of children with cancer. Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded: Pharmaceutical companies comprise 60% of funding for adult cancer drugs and close to zero for childhood cancers. 60% In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only two drugs for any childhood cancer – all chemotherapies used for children's cancers are over 25 years old. 1/2 of Visit for more medical studies or discuss your health-related experiences.

Let's Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day

shared by TayaTaya on Feb 20
Our goal is to raise awareness of Cancer Survivors, especially among children. Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15. Take a look at the infographic below for...


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