- Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children.
- Just a small fraction of the dollars spent on research in this country is directed to pediatric cancer.
- In terms of cancer research dollars, children are at the bottom of the ladder.
- Each and every school day 46 children, or more than two full classrooms of kids, will be diagnosed with cancer.
- The median age of cancer diagnosis in children is six . . . meaning that an entire lifetime is at risk.
- Childhood cancer cuts across all social, economic and ethnic differences.
- Only two thirds of children diagnosed with cancer survive.
- Information about treatment options, current and long-term follow up results is not easily available for pediatric patients, their parents, health-care professionals, insurance companies and the general public.
What Is Needed:
- increased funding to support research to find a cure for childhood cancers;
- funding for social workers, psychologists and therapists to counsel families after a diagnosis of childhood cancer; and,
- funding for programs to ease the burdens of the children and families affected by childhood cancer and to bring some sense of joy and hope to their lives
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