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Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.

  • Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined.
  • The risk of any single individual developing cancer by age 20 is approximately 1 in 330.
  • In the United States, approximately 10,500 children under age 15 and 3,700 adolescents ages 15-19 are newly diagnosed with cancer each year. 

The overall survival from pediatric cancer is estimated to be 75%-80%, and the majority of these are considered “cured” (In the early 1950s less than 10 percent, and before the 1970s less than 50% of children with cancer could be cured).
 
Childhood leukemia once was a most dreaded disease that meant almost certain death for a child diagnosed with it. Today, thanks to advances in research and medical treatments, over 80% of childhood leukemia patients survive!