Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is more common than many may realize. Please use this fact sheet to arm yourself with knowledge – and spread the word – about childhood cancer.

  • Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease of children.
    Nearly 16,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer in the next 12 months.
  • 1-in-285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20.
    Every school day, 43 young people (or two classrooms of children) are diagnosed with cancer.
  • 1 out of 5 children with childhood cancer die.
    Only 3% of federal funding for cancer research is focused on childhood cancers.
  • Childhood cancer is not one disease. There are more than 25 different types, each requiring their own research.
  • Childhood cancer is not the same as adult cancer. Separate research and treatments are required.
  • In addition to the emotional burden, many families affected by childhood cancer endure financial burdens spending between $2,500 and $10,000 in medical expenses not covered by insurance and $1,000-$10,000 in additional non-medical expenses