The American Cancer Society only allocates slightly over 3% of its overall budget to pediatric cancer research.
The National Cancer Institute, run by our federal government, only allocates 4% of its overall budget to pediatric cancer research.
But here are the facts….
- 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States
- 1 in 5 children diagnosed with cancer will die.
- One in 300 boys will develop cancer before the age of 20.
- One in 333 girls will develop cancer before the age of 20.
- Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among US children ages 1-14.
- Young cancer patients often have a more advanced stage of cancer when first diagnosed.
- In 20 years the FDA has initially approved only one drug for any childhood cancer. Half of all chemotherapies used for children’s cancers are 25 years old.
- Physical and neurocognitive disabilities resulting from treatment may prevent childhood cancer survivors from fully participating in school, social activities and eventually work.
- Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.
Source: PAC2 & CureSearch