September is widely known as childhood cancer awareness month. A full 31 days are dedicated to those with pediatric cancer. In honor of childhood cancer awareness month, here are ten things you should know about childhood cancer:
- 43 children a day are diagnosed with pediatric cancer in the U.S.
- About 400,000 children and young adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year.
- Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in America.
- 1 in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday.
- The most common cancer in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
- Most knowledge on adult cancer has been learned from childhood cancer research.
- About 1,600 children have died from pediatric cancers in 2022.
- As of 2020 there were six drugs approved for use in treatment for cancer in children.
- In high income countries 80% of children with cancer are cured.
- In many low and middle income countries the cure rate is about 20%.