In the last 40 years, the overall survival rate for children’s cancer has increased from 10% to nearly 90% today, but for many more rare childhood cancers, the survival rate is much less.
- 12% of children who are diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
- 60% of children who survive suffer devastating late effects such as secondary cancers, muscular difficulties and infertility.
- There are approximately 375,000 adult survivors of children’s cancer in the United States.
Source: Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (www.seer.cancer.gov)
SEER 9 area. Based on follow-up of patients into 2010
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