What is the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation??
About Us. The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Our focus is to fund research to fast-track less toxic, more targeted treatments by partnering with 22 leading hospitals nationwide.
Why is childhood cancer underfunded??
Childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded. The average cost of a stay in a hospital for a child with cancer is $40,000. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S. One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.
What are the statistics for pediatric cancer??
Key Statistics for Childhood Cancers. Childhood cancers make up less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed each year. About 10,590 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
What are pediatric tumors??
Pediatric brain tumors typically are primary brain tumors — tumors that start in the brain or in tissues close to it. Primary brain tumors begin when normal cells have errors (mutations) in their DNA. These mutations allow cells to grow and pide at increased rates and to continue living when healthy cells would die.