Childhood Cancer Facts

It is impossible to measure the impact that childhood cancer has on children and their families by using statistics, but research-funding decisions are often based on numbers.

Here are some facts about childhood cancer for you to consider:

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. (Source: National Cancer Institute)
  • More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year. (CureSearch)
  • All types of childhood cancer combined receive less than 4 percent of U.S. Federal funding for cancer research. (National Cancer Institute)
  • One out of every 300 males and 333 females in the U.S. will develop cancer before they reach their 20th birthdays. (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
  • 8 is the average age of death for a child with cancer. (Kids v. Cancer)
  • Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years. And, childhood cancer survivors are at a significant risk for secondary cancers later in life. (National Cancer Institute)
  • In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs – Clolar and Erwinaze – that were initially studied in children. Other drugs for children’s cancers were first studied in or approved for adults with cancer. (American Association for Cancer Research)


Important Resources for Families:
Children’s Oncology Group Treatment Centers
National Institute of Health Childhood Cancer