Friday, August 17, 2012

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Cancer Facts

It is impossible to measure the impact that childhood cancer has on it’s victims and their families by using statistics but research funding decisions are often based on numbers. Here are some facts about childhood cancer for you to consider:

Cancer claims the lives of more children each year than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis and diabetes combined. It is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents.

Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents younger than 20 years of age are diagnosed with cancer, that’s more than a classroom of kids a day.

Approximately 2,500 children and adolescents die of cancer each year.
One out of every 300 males and one out of every 333 females in America will develop cancer before their 20th birthday.

35,000 children are currently in treatment for cancer.

Some 25 percent of all children with cancer die.

The causes of most pediatric cancers remain a mystery and cannot be prevented.

Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region.

About one in 500 young adults is a childhood cancer survivor. Nearly 2/3  of the survivors later experience significant and chronic medical problems or develop secondary cancers as adults that result from the  treatment of their original cancer.

In the past 20 years ONLY ONE new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric cancer.

Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29 percent in the past 20 years.

The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to lose 69 years of expected life years; a significant loss of productivity to society.

Childhood cancer survivors are at significant risk for secondary cancers later in life.

Cancer treatments can affect a child’s growth, fertility, and endocrine system. Child survivors may be permanently immunologically suppressed.

Radiation to a child’s brain can significantly damage cognitive function, or if radiation is given at a very young age, limiting the ability to read, do basic math, tell time or even talk.

Physical and neurocognitive disabilities resulting from treatment may prevent childhood cancer survivors from fully participating in school, social activities and eventually work, which can cause depression and feelings of isolation.

Researchers estimate that 51% of moms and 40% of dads who have a child with cancer meet the criteria for “Acute Stress Disorder” within two weeks of the cancer diagnoses.