Childhood Cancer: 50 Facts About Why It Happens and How to Cope


50 Must-Know Facts About Childhood Cancer

No parent is prepared to hear the dreaded words ‘your child has cancer’ from their doctor. It seems impossible to think that an innocent child, without a history of unhealthy lifestyle choices, could contract such a disease. After accidents, it’s the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among U.S. children. Since September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, here are 50 facts about childhood cancer, why it happens and how to cope.

Key Facts About Childhood Cancer

1. It Remains Rare in Children

Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year in the U.S.

2. What were the Number of Cancer Cases Diagnosed in 2016?

It’s estimated that about 10,380 children in the U.S. under the age of 15 were diagnosed with cancer in 2016 according to the American Cancer Society.

3. The Death Rates Caused by Cancer in Children in 2016

About 1,250 children younger than 15 years old were expected to die from cancer in 2016.

4. Cancer Affects Everyone; it’s Indiscriminate.

It’s random and affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.

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