In Loving Memory Jessica Nicole Lee
2001 ~ 2012
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Cancer Facts

  • There are 15 children diagnosed with cancer for every one child diagnosed with pediatric AIDS. Yet, the U.S. invests approximately $595,000 for research per victim of pediatric AIDS and only $20,000 for each victim of childhood cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3%.
  • The American Cancer spends less than 70 cents of each 100 dollars raised on childhood cancer.
  • Cancer kills more children than any other disease, more than Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes and Pediatric AIDS combined.
  • This year, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, will be diagnosed in about 3,000 U.S. children, making it the most common pediatric cancer.
  • Sadly, over 2,300 children with cancer die each year.
  • Every school day 46 children are diagnosed.
  • 1 in 330 children will have the disease by age 20.
  • Cancers in very young children are highly aggressive and behave unlike malignant diseases at other times in life.
  • 80% of children have metastasized cancer at the time of their diagnosis. At diagnosis, only 20% of adults with cancer show evidence that the disease has spread or metastasized.
  • Detecting childhood cancers at an early stage, when the disease would react more favorably to treatment, is extremely difficult.
  • Cancer symptoms in children – fever, swollen glands, anemia, bruises and infection – are often suspected to be, and at the early stages are treated as, other childhood illnesses.
  • Even with insurance coverage, a family will have out-of pocket expenses of about $40,000 per year, not including travel.
  • Treatment can continue for several years, depending on the type of cancer and the type of therapy given.
  • Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather is a spectrum of different malignancies.
  • Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults.
  • The 10 most common types of childhood cancer are as follows3:
    • Leukemia (acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia)
    • CNS, brain, and spinal cord tumors
    • Lymphomas, (including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
    • Skin cancer and melanomas
    • Soft tissue tumors (including rhabdomyosarcoma)
    • Germ cell tumors
    • Neuroblastoma
    • Bone cancers (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)
    • Renal cancer (including Wilms tumor)
    • Retinoblastoma
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