Monday, October 14, 2013

Cancer Now the Leading Cause of Childhood Death in the U.S.

Via Robyn O'Brien at "Inspired Bites":

     Cancer is now the leading cause of death for U.S. children, according to a recent report from the American Cancer Institute. It hasn’t made a lot of headlines, maybe it got lost in the news about government shutdowns, but according to ABC News:
“Cancer is the leading cause of childhood death in the United States, with 13,500 new diagnoses each year according to the American Cancer Institute. One out of every 300 boys and one out of every 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology.”

     I have always had to qualify pediatric cancer, saying that cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in American children, because up until now, accidents took more children’s lives in the United States.
     Not anymore. Cancer is now claiming more lives. And while our kids may only represent 30% of the population, they are 100% of our future.

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