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: 45% 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.