The American Cancer Society (ACS) is deeply committed to finding new answers that will help every child and family affected by cancer. Here are lay-friendly highlights about some of our recent studies.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death among children ages 1 to 14. Accidents are the most common cause. The cancer incidence rate for children has been increasing slightly since the mid-1970s, with the trends varying by cancer type. However, cancer death rates in children have declined 71% since 1970. These reductions are largely due to improvements in treatment and more children taking part in clinical trials.
This photo shows a clear “win” from a phase 1 clinical trial of a new treatment for children who have already been heavily treated for neuroblastoma. The photo was published in a study in Nature Medicine with co-authors and American Cancer Society (ACS) research grantees Andras Heczey, MD, and Leonid Metelitsa, MD, PhD.
This graph is from an early analysis of the effect of Medicaid expansion on children with cancer. It shows a clear difference in survival between children with cancer who live in a state that expanded Medicaid compared to those who don’t.
Find more statistics about childhood and adolescent cancer on the Cancer Statistics Center:
Use the analysis tool in the drop-down menu to see any of these statistics in comparison to other types of cancer.
Our nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate that supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate childhood cancer including pushing for increased federal funding for research.
The ACS funds scientists who conduct research about childhood cancer at medical schools, universities, research institutes, and hospitals throughout the United States. We use a rigorous and independent peer review process to select the most innovative research projects proposals to fund.
The grant statistics to the left are as of August 1, 2023.
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