Sunday, September 2, 2012

Get The Facts

Here are some sobering facts about childhood cancer in the U.S., courtesy of St. Baldrick's:

One in every 330 children in the U.S. will develop cancer before the age of 19.
On average, 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every week day. That's about the equivalent of two full classrooms.
On average, 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year. One in five of them will lose their battle.
Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly, and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.
Childhood cancer is not a single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories. Several of these cancers are almost exclusively found in children.
Common 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.
When cancer strikes children and adolescents, it affects them differently than it would an adult, often causing developmental problems.
Three out of five children diagnosed with cancer will suffer from long-term or late-onset side effects, including fertility issues and increased risk of secondary cancers.
The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown, and at present, childhood cancers cannot be prevented.
Today, up to 75% of children diagnosed with cancer can be cured; yet, some forms of childhood cancer are so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is still elusive.
Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of our children. More than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.
At present, the National Cancer Institute allocates less than 3% of its research budget to all 12 major groups of childhood cancers COMBINED.

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