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Jessica Ann Hicks
9/28/96 ~ 10/31/99
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Cancer Facts

Cancer in infants, children, teenagers and young adults is more common than most people realize and statistics are very troubling.

Did you know that…

  • In the United States, cancer is the number 1 killer of children by disease.
  • Each year, about 3,000 children die from Cancer – more than from Asthma, Diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, Congenital Anomalies, and Pediatric AIDS combined.
  • Currently, one in every 330 Americans develops cancer during childhood or adolescence, before the age of 20. On the average, 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every weekday in the United States.
  • Nationally, the incidence of cancer in children is more than 20 times greater than the incidence of AIDS in children.
  • Pediatric cancer funding is nominal in comparison to other more publicized diseases, such as pediatric AIDS or juvenile diabetes, which increase in awareness each year.
  • Awareness of much needed funding for Pediatric Cancer is virtually absent from the public eye due to lack of media attention. For example, the funding for pediatric AIDS is four times greater than the funding for pediatric cancer, yet in comparison, twice as many children die of cancer in one month as do die of AIDS in one year.
  • The cases of pediatric cancer are increasing at a rate of 1% every year, while funding for research continues to be minimal.
  • Cancer during adolescence and young adulthood is increasing and unexplained; progress in treating cancer in these age groups is lagging.
  • Sadly, more than 60% of the American public knows little, if any, about pediatric cancer.
  • Although cancer survival among children, in particular, those with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), has risen, there are still several childhood cancers that continue to have a very poor prognosis; including brain stem tumors, metastatic sarcomas, relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, relapsed Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia.
  • Cancer in childhood occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.
  • A number of the advances in adult cancer treatment are due to breakthroughs in childhood cancer research.

The payback for the investment (in childhood cancer) is immense,” according to Doctor G. Denman Hammond, Founder of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation “More value-added can be achieved for every dollar invested in pediatric cancer research than in most if not virtually all other cancer research endeavors”.

These facts demonstrate the dire need for increased awareness and funding toward childhood cancer research now.

Cooperative research is essential to advancing treatments and cures for childhood cancer.

  • Research protocols that compare the best-known standard treatment to newly developed treatments have resulted in literally all of the important improvements in treating childhood cancer
  • More than 235 childhood cancer institutions and 3,000 individual investigators throughout North America participate in the Children’s Oncology Group, to share and extend the knowledge and expertise that leads to improved treatments and cures for childhood cancer.
  • The care of more than 40,000 young cancer patients is currently managed according to Children’s Oncology Group protocols, providing these patients with the most current and technologically advanced treatment available.
  • The Children’s Oncology Group is devoted to the study and development of new treatments and cures for the cancers of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Research is conducted on the biology of these cancers, their causes, and the long-term follow-up of cured patients into adult life.

To make a difference, cooperative research is crucial. We intend to support the efforts of the Children’s Oncology Group and that of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, as well as other organizations fighting for a better tomorrow for young victims of cancer.

Please join us in taking steps forward that lead to the ultimate goal of being able to offer every child with cancer a better chance for a cure!


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