If you’ve been following along with this blog you may have seen posts about Roc Solid. A foundation I volunteer with that’s mission is bringing hope to pediatric cancer patients and their families. Depending on the child’s age and the needs/circumstances of the family we build the child a play set or makeover their rooms.
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month and I’ll be posting facts about this awful disease. I’m a little behind so here’s the first 3 facts to make up for the last 2 days plus today’s fact.
- One in 285 children will be diagnosed with pediatric cancer before the age of 20
- On average about 17% of children die within 5 years of diagnosis. Among these children that survive to 5 years from diagnosis, 18% will die before they reach the age of 30.
- The average age at diagnosis is 6 years old, while adults average age is 66. This means there are approximately 71 life years lost when a child dies of cancer compared to 17 years lost for adults.
These statistics are awful and pediatric cancer research deserves more than 4% of funding.
Stay tuned for more.