Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Pediatric Cancer Facts


*In the U.S. almost 3,000 children die from cancer each year.
*Cancer is the number one disease killer of children.
*In the past 20 years only one new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use.
*Only 3 percent of the budget from the National Cancer Institute goes towards Pediatric Cancer Research.
*September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, which nationally goes largely unrecognized.
*The government recently cut the budget for Childhood Cancer Research.
*Currently there is between 30-40,000 children being treated for cancer in the US.
*As a nation, we spend $14 BILLION per year on the space program, but only $35 MILLION on childhood cancer research per year.