Childhood Cancer Facts


Childhood cancer is the #1 cause of disease related death for children.

  • Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer
  • One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20
  • Each year in the U.S. over 12,600 children are diagnosed with cancer
  • Although the 5 year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children diagnosed with cancer will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis
  • Cancer remains the number one disease killer of America’s children – more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined
  • 80% of children have metastatic disease at time of diagnosis as compared to only 20% of adults
  • There are currently more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the U.S.
  • Late effects of childhood cancer treatment are common in survivors, and approximately one-third are moderate to severe