It is a time to raise awareness of the realities of childhood cancer and the importance of life-saving research.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 14. In fact, 43 children in the US are diagnosed with cancer every day. Worldwide, 300,000 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Approximately 10% of children with cancer develop the disease because of an inherited genetic mutation. The average age is diagnosis is 6 years old.*
The most common cancer in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Completing the top 5 most common cancers are brain tumors, neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, and lymphoma. Warning signs include:
• An unusual lump or swelling • Unexplained paleness and loss of energy • Easy bruising or bleeding • An ongoing pain in one area of the body • Limping • Unexplained fever or illness that doesn’t go away • Frequent headaches, often with vomiting • Sudden eye or vision changes • Sudden unexplained weight loss**
The good news is that because of major advancements in treatment, more than 80% of childhood cancer patients become long-term survivors. In fact, right now in the US there are about 420,000 childhood cancer survivors.***