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An Unresolved Drama

Although cancer in children is fortunately uncommon, it is the first cause of death by disease among children in USA

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Because One Is Too Many

Despite of major treatment advances in recent decades, one in five children with cancer in the US will still not survive

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The Cost Of Surviving 

More than 73% will have chronic health problems as a consequence of the aggressive treatments they receive

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A Worldwide Problem

Childhood cancer does not discriminate. It is estimated that 80% of children diagnosed with cancer reside in developing countries

 

The causes of most childhood cancers are still not known

Although only five percent of all cancers in children are caused by an inherited mutation, most of them are thought to develop as a result of gene mutations.

 
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However, unlike many cancers in adults, gene mutations in childhood cancers are not strongly linked to life style or environmental factors. 

YEARS LOST

When a child dies of cancer there are 70 potential life years lost on average compared to 15 potential life years lost for adults

More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 years of age

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Emotional troubles

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Secondary cancers

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Reproductive problems

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Development problems

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Learning problems

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Memory problems

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Heart problems

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Respiratory problems

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Dental problems

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Digestive problems

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Hearing problems

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Vision problems

 

When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it affects every family member and nearly every aspect of the family’s life

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The average family spends 40+ hours per week caring for their child while they are in active treatment

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Parents must take time off from work, or in many cases leave their job to care for their child

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Often the working parent has to take a second job to pay for mounting medical costs and the loss of income

 
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Siblings of children with cancer are at risk for emotional and behavioral difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder

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Families often feel that only those who have lived through a similar experience can truly understand the difficulty of the journey

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Existing resources are only available during treatment or follow-up visits and
well-intentioned support initiatives by outside organizations are temporary and insufficient