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CHILDHOOD CANCER FACTS:
Cancer is the #1 killer disease of children
Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death, responsible for more deaths than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
Approximately 46 U.S. children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every single day.
On the average, one in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer.
One in every 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 19.
About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias.
The National Cancer Institute’s federal budget is $4.6 billion; less than 3 percent goes to research into the 12 major pediatric cancers.
Cancer does not discriminate based on which school you attend, how much money you have or the color of your skin. Even though overall cure rates for childhood cancer have improved from 20 to 80 percent in the last 50 years, many children are still lost to this terrible disease.
Cancers in children often are hard to recognize right away because the symptoms can overlap with much more common illnesses or injuries. Children often get sick or have bumps or bruises that might mask the early signs of cancer. Parents should be sure their children have regular medical check-ups and watch for any unusual signs or symptoms that do not go away. These include:
- An unusual lump or swelling.
- Unexplained paleness and loss of energy.
- Easy bruising.
- An ongoing pain in one area of the body.
- Unexplained fever or illness that doesn’t go away.
- Frequent headaches, often with vomiting.
- Sudden eye or vision changes.
- Sudden unexplained weight loss.