•Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S. •One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old. •Every year, an estimated 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. •Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment. •Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group; socioeconomic class; or geographic region. In the United States, the incidence of cancer among adolescents and young adults is increasing at a greater rate than any other age group. •Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of a dozen types and countless subtypes.
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