Kids With Cancer Society

Hope now & for the future!

Childhood Cancer Facts

  • Not only is childhood cancer the number one killer disease in children but it is estimated that approximately 1 in 333 young people will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. These alarming statistics, and those outlined below speak to the very reasons why the Kids with Cancer Society is so important in the lives of these children.
  • Today, despite progress in research, childhood cancer kills more children than all other diseases combined.
  • The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown, and at present childhood cancer cannot be prevented.
  • The majority of children with cancer require rounds of chemotherapy to treat their disease.
  • Many require surgery and/or radiation to remove the tumour. For some, a bone marrow transplant is their only hope of survival.
  • The length of treatment for childhood cancer ranges from 3 months to 2 1/2 years. In general, treatment for adult cancers is considerably shorter.
  • Three in 10 children will lose their battle with the disease.
  • Significant advances in cancer therapy, the result of scientific and clinical research, mean that approximately more than 70% of children diagnosed with cancer are expected to become long-term survivors.
  • The improved prognosis for childhood cancer has not been realized without a cost. The intense and extensive medical treatment necessary to achieve a cure often creates additional life threatening, and life altering challenges for the child as they endure treatment during a period when they are developing emotionally, physically and intellectually. The reality is that now, as more and more children are surviving cancer, it is increasingly important to address ongoing and emerging needs of the child and their family in order to achieve complete and long-term healing.
  • Many advances in adult cancer treatments are due to breakthroughs in childhood cancer research.
  • Cancer begins with the transformation of a single cell. We have yet to understand why—if only we knew!