Childhood Cancer Facts

About Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is not rare. It is the number one cause of death by disease in children and teens ages 0 to 19. In fact, it causes more deaths than all other diseases combined. The information below is about children and teens younger than 20 who live in the United States.

  • Every day, 43 children and teens are diagnosed with cancer
  • The average age at diagnosis is 6 years old
  • More than 40,000 children and teens are in cancer treatment each year
  • 4 out of 5 children diagnosed with cancer live at least 5 years
  • About 420,000 survivors of childhood cancer live in the U.S.
  • By the time they are 45 years old, 95% of survivors have a major health problem
  • In the last 20 years, only 3 drugs have been approved specifically to treat kids with cancer
  • Less than 4% of National Cancer Institute funding is used for childhood cancer research

For more facts about childhood and adolescent cancer, visit the National Cancer Institute’s fact sheet.