Here are five facts you may not know about childhood cancer:
1. The average age at diagnosis is 6 years old, while adults’ average age for cancer diagnosis is 66.
2. 43 children per day or 15,780 children per year are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. (in 2014)
3. Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years.
4. More children die of cancer every year than adults died on 9/11/2001.
5. Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk for secondary cancers later in life.
Clearly we as a society have a long way to go to give these children a better chance of living a full and wonderful life. Childhood cancer needs more funding for research and there is no reason to delay!
It is our hope that by making people more aware of the reality of childhood cancer, more people will be driven to bring about change.
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