Childhood Cancer Facts

  • Each year, the parents of approximately 15,780 kids will hear the words “your child has cancer.”
  • Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Cancer affects children of all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
  • Treatment for childhood cancer typically lasts several years – more than 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment each year.
  • The incidence of childhood cancer has increased 24% over the last 40 years (average increase of 0.6% per year since the mid-1970’s).
  • The average age of children diagnosed with cancer is six.
  • Approximately 17% of children with cancer die within 5 years of diagnosis.
  • Among those who survive five years from diagnosis, 18% will die within 30 years of diagnosis.
  • 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects ranging from hearing loss to infertility, heart disease and secondary cancers due to the toxicity of treatment.
  • One in every 530 young adults (age 20 – 39) in the United States is a survivor of childhood cancer.
  • One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.
  • Cancer remains the number one disease killer of America’s children – more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined.
  • Most childhood cancers fall into one of several specific types. The ACCO site has a wealth of information available on each type, in addition to information on clinical trials and other helpful resources. Click here to access.