There is a blog that I follow. It is www.prayforkate.com. I guess I am drawn to their story because their precious 5 year old daugther has a brain tumor...it is so horribly sad. Anyway, this month, September, is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month...these statistics are so frightening...
but I thought worth sharing. So, if for nothing else, not to take each day for granted...
Each school day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer.
One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20.
Each year in the U.S. over 12,600 children are diagnosed with cancer.
Although the 5 year survival rate is steadily increasing, one quarter of children diagnosed with cancer will die 5 years from the time of diagnosis.
Cancer remains the number one disease killer of America's children - more than Cystic Fibrosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Asthma and AIDS combined.
80% of children have metastatic disease at time of diagnosis as compared to only 20% of adults.
There are currently more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the U.S.
Late effects of childhood cancer treatment are common in survivors, and approximately one-third are moderate to severe.