Childhood Cancer Facts: Are You Aware?
– Neuroblastoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord.
– It is the most common tumor found in children under 1 year of age.
– By the time neuroblastoma is diagnosed, the cancer has usually metastasized (spread).
– The survival rate in children with neuroblastoma is around 30% to 50%.
– There is no known cure for relapsed neuroblastoma
Childhood Cancer Facts:
– Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States.
– September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, which nationally goes unrecognized.
– Each school day 46 children are diagnosed.
– Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years.
– The causes of most pediatric cancers remain a mystery and cannot be prevented.
– Approximately 20 percent of all children with cancer will die from their disease, a secondary cancer, or complications from treatment.
– Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region.
– Only 3% of the National Cancer Institute Budget goes toward Pediatric Cancer Research.