Every year 13,500 kids in the US are diagnosed with cancer -- and 25% of those children will not survive. That's 4,200 child deaths each year. In fact, cancer accounts for the deaths of more children than all other pediatric diseases combined. Most importantly, 95% of the ones that do survive this horrible disease will go on to have chronic illnesses, and 40% will go on to have severe illnesses and even die from them. Despite all this, pediatric cancer is grossly under-funded. Did you know that, childhood cancer only receives 4% of U.S. federal funding for research R&D in pharmaceutical industry?
Research is crucial to the treatment of the disease, especially since most cancers seen in kids are vastly different from the ones seen in adults. It's obvious that we can't keep giving kids the same cancer drugs that were developed for older, more mature bodies. In the last 20 years there has only been one new drug approved for pediatric cancer research. Why? It's too expensive for drug companies to make a profit to manufacture new drugs to treat many pediatric cancers.
I don't understand why pediatric cancer gets so little funding when kids are our future.