Childhood cancer is a leading cause of death of children by disease…
* Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children between under the age of 15 in the United States.
* More children still die from cancer than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma, and AIDS combined.
* Every year approximately 12,400 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer and about 4,000 of children die from cancer each year. That means about 11 children die from cancer or cancer-related complications each day.
* The incidence rate of childhood cancer is about 1 per 6,400 children per year. On the average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the United States.
* Between birth and 20 years of age, about 1 in 333 Americans develops cancer.
* Childhood cancer occurs regularly, randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class, or geographic region.
* Childhood cancer treatments have not changed significantly in more than a decade!
Yet, childhood cancer research is vastly underfunded…
* Funding for pediatric cancer clinical trials has gone down every year since 2003.
In 2006, the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal budget was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3%. And childhood cancer research only gets 2.96% of the money raised by the American Cancer Society.
* In dollar terms, NCI’s funding for pediatric clinical trials is $26.4 million while funding for AIDS research is $254 million, and breast cancer is $584 million.
* Pediatric cancer research is not only grossly under-funded by the government, it is also largely ignored by private drug companies. Pharmaceutical companies fund over 50 % of adult cancer research, but virtually nothing for kids.
* Pharmaceutical companies don’t commit resources to childhood cancer research because the adult cancer drug business is viewed as more profitable and less risky to them.
* Accordingly, there is an estimated $30 million a year gap in childhood cancer research funding.
- See more at: http://www.icareicure.org/get-informed/childhood-cancer-facts/#sthash.89rarZqq.dpuf
Cost of Treatment..
*The costs for chemotherapy can vary as well, with some estimates as high as $30,000 over an eight-week period. The average cost for an initial treatment is approximately $7,000. Expenses differ depending on the drugs, the stage of the cancer and other factors specific to each patient.Jun 24, 2016
Brain cancers cost the most to treat, an average of more than $108,000 in the first year after a diagnosis in women and more than $115,000 for men, according to the National Cancer Institute. By contrast, treating melanoma, a skin cancer, costs an average of $5,000 for women and $5,400 for men in the first year after diagnosis. These figures include total costs of treatment, not just the drugs.
*The cost of cancer drugs can range from as little as $100 a month to as much as $65,000 a month for some newer medications, according to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
*And that doesn't even cover all the additional costs from.
Lab tests (blood tests, urine tests, and more, which are usually billed separately)
Clinic visits for treatments
Procedures (for diagnosis or treatment, which can include room charges, equipment, different doctors, and more)
Imaging tests (like x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs, which may mean separate bills for radiologist fees, equipment, and any medicines used for the test)
Radiation treatments (implants, external radiation, or both)
Drug costs (inpatient, outpatient, prescription, non-prescription, and procedure-related)
Hospital stays (which can include many types of costs such as drugs, tests, and procedures as well as nursing care, doctor visits, and consults with specialists)
Surgery (surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist, operating room fees, equipment, medicines, and more)
Home care (can include equipment, drugs, visits from specially trained nurses, and more)