CHILDHOOD CANCER STATISTICS

  • Childhood Cancer affects all children regardless of their ethnicity, socioeconomic status or geographic location. (1)

  • Childhood Cancer is the most common disease-related cause of death in children. It claims more children’s lives than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.(2)

  • Childhood Cancers are different from cancers found in adults. Tumours in children are found in different organs in the body and grow more quickly, spreading faster to other organs in the body than adult cancers. (3)

  • When a child is diagnosed with cancer, more than just the child and family are affected. Ripple effects are felt throughout the community (4)

  • There are only 17 centres in Canada that specialize in childhood cancer treatment. (5)

  • Childhood cancer is commonly treated using intensive multimodal therapy. This is a combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. This treatment causes significant long-term side-effects in two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors.(6)

  • Despite the harsh treatment, childhood cancer treatment is very limited. Only 5% of cancer research funding is directed towards childhood cancer. (7)

  • In the last 40 years, the survival rate of childhood cancer has risen to 82%. (8)


 

For more information about childhood cancer please visit the following resources:

(1) Canadian Cancer Society | (2) See note 1 | (3) See note 1 |  (4) See note 1 | (5) Public Health Agency of Canada | (6) See note 5 | (7) Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation | (8) See note 7

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