Learning your child has been diagnosed with cancer is a parent’s worst nightmare. Immediately, you’re going to have a lot of questions. Your doctors will be able to answer specific questions about your child’s diagnosis, but there are several facts that you should be aware of when it comes to how cancer impacts children. Life Tech Care has compiled several facts related to childhood cancer for you to learn more about the illness.  

1. A Child Is Diagnosed with Cancer Every Three Minutes 

At that rate, it means that more than 300,000 children are diagnosed around the world each year.  

2. The Average Age for a Childhood Cancer Diagnosis is Age 6 

While this is the average age for a child to be diagnosed with cancer, it can happen at any point in a child’s development. Childhood cancer can affect children ranging from infants to young adults.  

3. The Most Common Type of Cancer Among Children is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia 

This type of cancer affects the way bone marrow makes too many immature white blood cells. It can affect red and white blood cells, as well as platelets. It can impact children of all ages but is most dangerous for children under the age of 1.  

4. Childhood Cancer Is the Leading Cause of Death Among Children 

Roughly one in 264 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20. Of the children diagnosed with cancer, about 20% will not survive.  

5. Children Who Survive Cancer Experience Long-Term Health Issues 

99% of childhood cancer survivors will live with some form of chronic health condition by the time they reach the age of 50. It is also likely that they will experience life-threatening health conditions.  

Life Tech Care specializes in providing care to children and families. We understand you have questions about how your child will be cared for, and we are here to answer them. Please contact us to find the answers to your questions.