Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Unless otherwise specified, source is National Cancer Institute

In the US:

Incidence Rate:

  • One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.
  • Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer and 10 with some form of sarcoma
  • 12,400 children and adolescents younger than 20 years of age are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Every year, over 40,000 children are diagnosed with sarcoma around the world. (source: Candlelight)

Survival Rate:

  • Approximately 2,300 children and adolescents die of cancer each year, which makes cancer the most common cause of disease-related mortality for children 1-19 years of age.
  • Cancer accounts for the greatest number of disease deaths of children in the United States and kills more children per year than cystic fibrosis, muscular
    dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined.
  • Cancer claims twice as many lives as AIDS worldwide. At least 7 million people die of cancer each year and close to 11 million new cases are diagnosed.
  • More than 12% of all deaths every year are caused by cancer. That's more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria put together.
Research reality:

Cancer drugs used on children today are cancer drugs that were developed for adults 30 or 40 years ago.

Last year, The National Cancer Institute's (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3% ...Across all age groups and 50 subtypes of cancer, sarcoma received less than 1%.


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