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Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. 
Before they turn 20, about 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will have cancer. 
Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes. By the time you are finished reading these facts, a child has been diagnosed with cancer. 
In Canada, 3% of total cancer research spending is allocated to study and cure childhood cancer (
The Canadian Cancer Research Alliance 
collected this information from 30 organizations, including Canadian Cancer Society and many other well known cancer foundations).
All types of childhood cancer combined receive only 4% of U.S. federal funding for cancer research. (NCI: Largest funder in the world)
In Canada, 1700 children and youths between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Every year approximately 230 Canadian children die from the disease

In the 1950s, almost all kids diagnosed with cancer died. Because of research, today about 85% of kids with the  most common type  of cancer will live. But for many other types, progress has been limited, and for some kids there is still little hope for a cure.

More children die of cancer every year than adults died in 9/11 

What about pharmaceutical companies? About 60% of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies. For Kids? Almost none, because childhood cancer drugs are not profitable. 

The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a child to lose 69 years of expected life.


Each year around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer in the US, that’s more than a classroom of kids a day.

Every Year, An Estimated 263,000 New Cases of Cancer Affect Children  Under the Age of 20 Worldwide. That's 720 new kids affected EVERY DAY.  

Facts about Pediatric Cancer Survivors

74% of childhood cancer survivors have chronic illnesses, and some 40% of childhood cancer survivors have severe illnesses or die from such illnesses.

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.

Childhood cancer survivors have difficulty getting married and obtaining jobs, health and life insurance.

“Social Outcomes in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study Cohort”, Journal of Clinical Oncology, February 17, 2009.

ational Action Plan for Childhood Cancer, Report on the National Summit Meetings on Childhood Cancer. American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/downloads/PRO/childhood_cancer_action_plan.pdf 
Today, despite progress in research, childhood cancer kills more children than all other diseases combined.