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Childhood Cancer Facts: Are You Aware?

Neuroblastoma Facts:

– 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.