- Survey Facts: Participation (Facts 1 through 5)
- Survey Facts: Family History (Facts 6 through 9)
- Survey Facts: At Diagnosis (Facts 10 through 21)
- Survey Facts: Since Diagnosis (Facts 22 through 34)
What was happening at diagnosis?
SURVEY FACT 10:
Over half the children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series were under the age of 5 when they were diagnosed with cancer.
SURVEY FACT 11:
3 out of 4 children from participating families developed cancer symptoms less than 4 months prior to diagnosis. Approximately 10% of children were diagnosed at a physician’s visit for something unrelated.
SURVEY FACT 12:
47% of the children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series saw three or more doctors for the symptoms that led up to the cancer diagnosis, including the diagnosis itself.
SURVEY FACT 13:
Almost half of children saw an emergency room doctor for symptoms of childhood cancer before or leading to diagnosis
SURVEY FACT 14:
One in four children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series was admitted to the hospital for symptoms related to, or diagnosis of cancer.
SURVEY FACT 15:
While approximately half of families did not travel far from home for symptoms related to, or diagnosis of cancer (less than 25 miles away), a small but significant proportion (13%) traveled over 100 miles. Some even traveled 250 miles or more from home.
SURVEY FACT 16:
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), brain tumor and neuroblastoma are the most reported childhood cancer diagnoses in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series. Of these, ALL impacts the largest number of participating families.
SURVEY FACT 17:
Well over half of participants reported that the cancer had not metastasized or spread when their child was diagnosed.
SURVEY FACT 18:
3 out of 4 participating families had other children in the household when their child was diagnosed with cancer.
SURVEY FACT 19:
The children were most often the youngest child in the family when they were diagnosed with childhood cancer.
SURVEY FACT 20:
Two thirds of the children in My Childhood Cancer: Survey Series (2nd grade and above) participated in team sports prior to their cancer diagnosis.
SURVEY FACT 21:
Of the top 10 emotions participants recalled experiencing when their child was diagnosed with cancer, FEAR was, by far, the most common.