Childhood cancer is more common than many may realize. Please use this fact sheet to arm yourself with knowledge – and spread the word – about childhood cancer.

Diagnosis

  • The incidence of childhood cancer is on the increase, averaging 0.6% increase per year since mid 1970’s resulting in an overall increase of 24% over the last 40 years
  • 1 in 285 children were diagnosed with cancer in 2014
  • Every year nearly 16,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer
  • More than 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment each year
  • The average age at diagnosis is 6 years old, while adults’ average age for cancer diagnosis is 66
  • Childhood cancer is not one disease – there are 16 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes
  • The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented

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