Presently there are 10,000 children living with cancer in Canada today, that is 10,000 too many!
Over 4,000 of those children are living in Ontario
Each year, about 1700 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed in Canada
Cancer is the leading disease related cause of death among kids in Canada
The causes of cancer in childhood are largely unknown
One in four children who are diagnosed with cancer will die of the disease
Approximately 2/3 of survivors of childhood cancer face late effects of their disease and treatment, including neurocognitive impairments, sterility and secondary cancers
Children are most affected by acute leukemia, tumours of the brain and nervous system, the lymphatic system, kidneys, bones and muscles
Because of significant advances in therapy, 82% of these children will survive 5 years or more, an increase of almost 46% since the early 1960s
Studies show that treatment related out-of-pocket costs add up to approximately 1/3 of the net annual income on an already emotionally and financially burdened family
1 in 5 of our survivors will suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or depression
In the early 1950s, less than 10 percent of childhood cancer patients could be cured
Presently, less than 3% of monies raised for cancer research is spent on Childhood cancer! WHY?
Only two drugs have been approved for childhood cancer treatment since the 1940’s! WHY?
With a mortality rate of close to 25%, Canada loses tens of thousands of years of potential life each year to childhood cancer.
In terms of potential life saved, childhood cancer ranks second only to breast cancer.
In a school with 20 kids in each classroom, seven of those classrooms would be filled with kids with cancer!
More deaths than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
Sarcomas, or cancers of the muscles, bones, nerves, fat, blood or connective tissue are next at 12%, with boys 25-30% more likely to contract this form of cancer.
Neuroblastoma, which represents 95% of tumors in the sympathetic nervous system, represents 5% of all childhood cancers.
Lymphomas and cancers of the central nervous system are the second most diagnosed children's cancer, at 17% of total cancers diagnosed.
Cancer starts with one cell, if we only knew why?
In contrast to many of the cancers affecting adults, the causes of cancer in childhood are largely unknown.