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Childhood cancer is the #1 disease killer of children even though it receives very little funding, little research and not enough awareness. It kills more children than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

 

80% of children are already at STAGE 3 or STAGE 4 when diagnosed as compared to 20% of adults. This means the cancer has already moved to other parts of their bodies and which makes it much more difficult to treat and cure.

 

ONE new drug has been approved to combat pediatric cancer since 1980, a period that saw 50 medications approved to fight adult cancers.

Childhood Cancer only gets 2.9% of the budget!That's NOT enough!.  We should be protecting our children from this terrible disease. They are our next Doctors, Presidents, Researchers, Teachers. They are simply our FUTURE!

 

National Cancer Institute

NCI's budget for FY 2010 was $5.1* billion, excluding the additional $1.3* billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds received by the Institute for spending in FY 2009 and FY 2010. Overall, NCI's budget has been relatively flat in recent years. During the period from 2005 through 2010, the NCI budget averaged $4.9* billion per year.*Budget numbers are rounded to one decimal place.

Of that $5.1 billion Budget for 2010

$197,126,947 goes to Childhood Cancer.

Of the $4.9 billion Budget for 2009

$551,511,410 went to Childhood Cancers.

Of the $4.9 billion Budget for 2008

$189,672,443 went to Childhood Cancers

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Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between infancy and age 15. Approximately 11,210 new cases of pediatric cancer are expected to be diagnosed in children 0–14 years of age in 2011. Among the major types of childhood cancers, leukemia's (blood cell cancers) and brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors account for more than half of new cases.