Pediatric Cancer Facts



Help us raise awareness and research funding for pediatric cancer; the leading cause of death by disease in children.
Today, despite amazing research progress, cancer still kills more children than any other disease.  Each year cancer kills more children than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and AIDS.

Did you know?

  • More than 12,500 young people are diagnosed with cancer every year.
  • Each year 2,300 children and teenagers die from cancer.
  • 36 children a day are diagnosed with cancer.
  • 1 in 4 elementary schools has a child with cancer.
  • 1 in every 330 Americans will develop cancer before the age of 20.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15.
  • The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown.
  • Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region. 
  • In the United States, the incidence of cancer amoung adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65.
  • Although cure rates have increased to 80% from 35% over the last twenty years, childhood cancer is vastly under funded.

*source:NCI