In Canada, 1700 children and youths between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although great strides in treatment and care have been made, childhood cancer is still the leading disease-related cause of death for Canadian children. While over 75% of children survive cancer, more than 50% of survivors of childhood cancer face late effects of their disease and treatment, including neurocognitive impairments, sterility and secondary cancers. Childhood cancer has a devastating effect on parents, siblings, extended family, friends and communities everywhere.
The following childhood cancer facts have been compiled from various sources, including Kids Cancer Care, Alberta, and Camp Trillium Childhood Cancer Centre.
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