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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

FACTS ABOUT CHILDHOOD CANCER

46 children per day or 16,850 children per year are expected to be diagnosed with cancer.

Childhood cancer is not one disease – there are more than 12 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes.

Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children. Worldwide, 100,000 children lose their lives every year to cancer.

Since 1980, only four drugs have been approved in the first instance for use in children. This is compared with hundreds of drugs that have been developed specifically for adults only.

A diagnosis of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is normally terminal with less than 25% of children surviving even two years.

More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 years of age; these health related issues are side-effects of either the cancer or more commonly, the result of its treatment.

Source: Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2)

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