Childhood Cancer Facts
Shared below are key insights highlighting the pressing need for increased awareness and research related to childhood cancer.
These facts underscore the urgency of our mission and the importance of dedicated foundations like Summer's Way. Join us in shedding light on these critical issues.
Each year there are approximately
kids diagnosed with cancer, a number that has not changed substantially in over 20 years.
There are generally
children undergoing treatment yearly.
There are still
of children diagnosed with cancer that do not survive.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia has improved from
survival from 50 years ago to 94% today.
From 1948 -2003 the FDA approved 120 new cancer therapies for adult cancers. In the last 20 years there has been only 1 drug approved for childhood cancer.
Of the childhood cancer survivors, 60% of the kids may have late effects from the therapies involving infertility, heart failure, and developing a second cancer.
Current State Of Funding
Currently, the primary funding for childhood cancer is through tax dollars via the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
In 2011 funding for all cancer was 5.1 billion dollars from the NCI. Only 196 million of that went to funding for childhood cancer. Even more disturbing, nearly all childhood cancer research relies exclusively on this federal funding, compared to adult cancer that enjoys 60% additional funding via private sources.
Even the American Cancer Society (ACS) in 2010 donated only $0.01 penny for every dollar of public support to childhood cancer.
Total expenses by the ACS:
Total monies directly allocated for childhood cancer:
It is clear that real gains toward finding cures for childhood cancer can only be achieved through private funding via foundations like Summer's Way.