Awareness is Critical
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. However, childhood cancer happens every day and everywhere. In the United States, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19. Globally, childhood cancer robbed the world of 11.5 million years of healthy life.
By sharing the need for more cures and safer treatments, you can inspire more people to support research, make changes in research focus and policy and keep the urgent need for cures.
Childhood Cancer Facts
- In 2018, an estimated 15,590 children and adolescents, ages 0-19 were with diagnosed cancer. Which means that every day of the year, 43 kids are newly diagnosed and face an uncertain and terrifying future.
- Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in American children resulting in the death of approximately 1,800 kids each year.
- Each year, an estimated 300,000 children all around the world are diagnosed with childhood cancer.
- Research has helped boost the overall survival rate for many childhood cancers, but for some types of childhood cancer, like diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), the survival rate is 0%
- 84% of children diagnosed with cancer are alive at least five years after diagnosis; however this does not mean they are cured nor free from long-term side effects.
- Children can continue in cancer treatments for a decade or more. Even those who are cured may suffer long-term health side effects as a result of the cancer treatments they received.
- Globally, cancer stole 11.5 million years of healthy life away from children in 2017. This total could lower, if children received adequate care.
- Less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer.
More research is critically needed to find better treatments that cause fewer side effects. It is up to all of us to increase the amount of money available for childhood cancer research. Since 2005, supporters like you have enabled ALSF to fund more than 1,000 research grants.
We Know Childhood Cancer
At Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, we know childhood cancer. Founded by Alex Scott, carried on by her parents Liz and Jay Scott and other childhood cancer hero families everywhere, ALSF is leading the movement to find safer treatments and cures. We know childhood cancer. And we know what Alex taught us: If we all work together, we will find cures.