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Childhood Cancer Facts

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The Reality of Childhood Cancer

Pediatric cancer is a worldwide problem. Every two minutes a family and their child is told of a cancer diagnosis. The facts and information available illustrate the heartbreaking nature of childhood cancer and just how many children are called to the table to fight it on a personal level. This information challenges everyone to become involved with PCRF’s mission to improve the care, quality of life, and survival rate of children with malignant disease. Share this infographic with others who can help us provide hope for a future free of pediatric cancer and its effects.

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Childhood Cancer Statistics

*PCRF uses cancer.gov as our primary source of information


Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.

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Every year, an estimated 300,000 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer

Under 19

In the U.S.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 19 in the U.S.

One in 285

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.

Second Most

Brain and other central nervous system tumors are the second most prevalent cancers in children.


Childhood cancer patients
Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will have long-lasting chronic conditions from treatment.

Not just one disease

Childhood cancer is not just one disease. It is made up of 12 major types and over 100 subtypes.

Most Common Childhood Cancer

Leukemia Brain and spinal cord tumors | Neuroblastoma | Wilms tumor | Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin) | Rhabdomyosarcoma | Retinoblastoma | Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)

Meet our

Our childhood cancer warriors and their families know first hand about the impact cancer and cancer treatment can have on a life. They experienced it every day and were on the front lines in a fight for their lives. They are the survivors who are here to tell their stories and inspire others to help, giving hope to those who are still out there battling pediatric cancer. It is young heroes like these who will so greatly benefit from groundbreaking childhood cancer research.

Meet our

We’d like to introduce you to the researchers who are the backbone of what we do at the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. We’ve been funding cancer research since 1982. Though survival rates have dramatically risen since that time, there is still more work to be done. Childhood cancer research is consistently underfunded, making your gift critical to help fund the advanced work of these special researchers.

Your Help

Your gift gives hope, and every dollar matters. That’s because the majority of funding for childhood cancer research comes from philanthropists and members of the community like you. PCRF’s Platinum Guidestar rating means your contribution is working hard to advance research and fund grants, changing the landscape of pediatric cancer forever. From fundraising and donating to hosting events and purchasing PCRF gear, there are many ways to help.

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Some people say that children make up 10% of our cancer population, but they are 100% of our future! ~ Dr. Alex Huang, Case Western