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Did You Know?


  • Childhood Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in children


  • More children die each year from pediatric cancer than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital abnormalities and AIDS combined.


  • Nine children die of cancer every school day.


  • The cause of childhood cancer remains unknown.  No one knows why the incidence of childhood cancer in the United States has increased at approximately one percent per year


  • The incidences of the most common type of childhood cancer—acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are up 10 percent; the incidences of childhood brain tumors are up more than 30 percent


  • By the age of 20, 1 in every 330 children or adolescents is diagnosed with cancer


  • More than 75 percent of drugs used to treat adults with cancer originated from studies in children with cancer


  • In the last 50 years, more children have died from cancer than U.S. soldiers in all military actions combined


  • In 1960, the overall survival rate for children with cancer was only 10 percent.  Today, more than 70 percent survive.

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