FACTS ABOUT CHILDHOOD CANCER (source: TheTruth365.com)
- Pediatric cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children, claiming the lives of more children each year than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis and diabetes combined.
- Seven children in the US died from cancer today. Seven more will die tomorrow.
- There is no known cause or prevention for most childhood cancers. Childhood cancer happens at random and it does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region.
- In the US alone, almost 13,000 children under 21 will be diagnosed with cancer. One out of five will not survive five years.
- Among those that do survive, most (65%) will suffer significant and chronic medical problems, including increased likelihood for secondary cancer as a result of receiving toxic treatments at such an early age. This fact is one that is all too familiar to Ty's family after long-term side effects left him paralyzed from head-to-toe.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the past 20 years only three new cancer drugs have been approved that are specifially designed for pediatric cancer. Yet, the incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29 percent in those same 20 years.