Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.
Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide.
Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group; socioeconomic class; or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group, except those over 65 years.
Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.
Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
The average age of children diagnosed is six.
More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States.
That equates to 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Facts
A childhood brain or spinal cord tumor is a disease in which abnormal cells form in the tissues of the brain or spinal cord.
Brain and spinal cord tumors are a common type of childhood cancer.
The cause of most childhood brain and spinal cord tumors is unknown.
The signs and symptoms of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors are not the same in every child.
Tests that examine the brain and spinal cord are used to detect (find) childhood brain and spinal cord tumors.
Most childhood brain tumors are diagnosed and removed in surgery.
Some childhood brain and spinal cord tumors are diagnosed by imaging tests.
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery).
Brain Tumor Signs and Symptoms
Morning headache or headache that goes away after vomiting.
Frequent nausea and vomiting.
Vision, hearing, and speech problems.
Loss of balance and trouble walking.
Unusual sleepiness or change in activity level.
Unusual changes in personality or behavior.
Increase in the head size (in infants).
Spinal Cord Tumor Signs and Symptoms
Back pain or pain that spreads from the back towards the arms or legs.