childhood cancer stats
Cancer is the number one disease killing children from age
six months to young adulthood. It is the leading cause of
non-accidental death in children.
Each year, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with
cancer worldwide and about 90,000 of these children succumb
to the disease. Eighty per cent of children with cancer live
in developing nations and more than half of these children
will die because they lack access to prompt, effective
Approximately 1,500 Canadian children are diagnosed with
cancer each year and about 210 Canadian children die from
the disease. Some 10,000 Canadian children are living with
cancer today. Advances in cancer research and treatments have
significantly improved the odds of survival in resource-rich
countries like Canada. Since the 1950s, mortality rates for
the disease have declined by more than 50 per cent. Today,
about 80 per cent of Canadian children with cancer survive
More than 100 Alberta children are diagnosed with cancer
every year and thousands more are living with its after
effects. There are approximately 1,820 Alberta children
living with the disease today.
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