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pediatric Brain cancer facts
28,000 Children in the US are living with a diagnosis of a primary brain tumor
13 children each day are diagnosed with a brain tumor
8% are diagnosed with a medulloblastoma tumor, most are boys 10 yrs. and under
Brain tumors are the deadliest form of cancer in children, and are fatal to nearly 50%
Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant childhood brain tumor
In the last 20 years, only 2 new drugs have been specifically developed
to treat children with cancer, and that is not even specific to brain cancer
More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease
Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes with cancer
For 80% of kids with cancer, it has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is diagnosed
The average age of a child at cancer diagnosis is 6 yrs. old.
About 60% of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies.
For children it is almost none.
Only 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget is directed to childhood cancer research. And that is not specific to brain cancer.
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