Childhood Cancer Facts — United States 2019 

  • Childhood cancer research is consistently underfunded. Less than 4% of the federal budget for cancer research is dedicated to childhood cancer.
  • Each day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States, which means 15,590 children in the U.S. are diagnosed each year.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in American children, resulting in the death of approximately 1,800 kids each year.
  • As of 2015, there are approximately 429,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the U.S.
  • In the United States, 84% of children diagnosed with cancer are alive at least five years after diagnosis; however this does not mean they are cured or free from long-term side effects.
  • Even those who are cured may suffer long-term side effects as a result of the cancer treatments they received. Children who were treated for cancer are twice as likely to suffer chronic health conditions later in life versus children without a history of cancer.

Childhood Cancer Facts — Global Overview 2019

  • Every year, an estimated 300,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. This number is most likely underreported due to many cases that go undiagnosed and a lack of comprehensive childhood cancer registries.
  • Globally, cancer stole 11.5 million years of healthy life away from children in 2017. This total could be lower, if all children received adequate care.
  • In high-income countries, approximately 80-percent of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured. In some low and middle-income countries, only 20-percent of children will survive.