It is impossible to measure the impact that childhood cancer has on it’s victims and their families by using statistics but research funding decisions are often based on numbers. Here are some facts about childhood cancer for you to consider:
• Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in Swizterland and Europe
• Each year in Switzerland, approximately 250-300 children and adolescents 18 and under are diagnosed with cancer, that’s more than a classroom of kids every month.
• One out of every 300 males and one out of every 333 females will develop cancer before their 20th birthday.
• Approximately 25 percent of all children with cancer will die for their disease, a secondary cancer, or complications from treatment.
• The causes of most pediatric cancers remain a mystery and cannot be prevented.
• Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region.
• About one in 600 young adults is a childhood cancer survivor. Nearly 2/3 of the survivors later experience significant and chronic medical problems or develop secondary cancers as adults that result from the treatment of their original cancer.
• The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to lose 69 years of expected life years; a significant loss of productivity to society.