Cancer Facts

Cancer Facts

The major types of childhood cancers are leukemia and brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors, which account for more than half of new cases. There is still a great deal of research that needs to be done but awareness is a great tool in fighting the battle against cancer.

  • Every day, 42 children are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between infancy and age 14.
  • 12% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
  • Children's cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.
  • The average age of children diagnosed is six.
  • More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.
  • 60% of children who survive cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers.
  • There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children's cancer in the United States.
  • That equates to 1 in 530 adults ages 20-39.


Medulloblastoma (also called PNET or Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor)

Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. It is a fast growing tumor that begins in the lower back part of the brain (the posterior fossa) and can spread to other parts of the body. In up to one-third of patients, the tumor will have spread to the brain lining (meninges) and spinal cord at the time of diagnosis.