Childhood Cancer Facts
  • Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer
  • One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20
  • Each year approximately 350 Arizona children are diagnosed with cancer
  • Although cure rates are steadily increasing, 35% of children will die
  • Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined
  • The overall incidence rate for childhood cancers has increased significantly by almost 33% during the period 1975 to 2001
  • On average a treatment for childhood cancer diagnosis is two and 1/2 years
  • Cancer treatment can cause serious side effects that may last a lifetime
  • Research on the emotional impact of childhood cancer finds that parents and siblings report even greater longterm emotional impacts than the diagnosed child