* Cancer cuts short the lives of more children under the age of 20 than any other disease
* 1 child out of 5 who is diagnosed with cancer dies..
* 3 out of 5 children suffer from long-term or late side effects
* Every school day, 46 young people, or two classrooms of students, are diagnosed with cancer in this country
* There are now more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States, and this number is growing rapidly
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This petition HERE is to increase childhood cancer awareness-the gold ribbon is the ribbon that represents childhood cancer, yet sadly, many people are not familiar with this! The goal is to make the gold ribbon as important and recognizable as the pink-our children are dying at an alarming rate!!! It is time to make awareness of childhood cancer a priority, not an option--children are our future!
• Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related deaths in children under 20.
• Every year, about 12,400 children and teens under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer - that is one in every 330 children. The average age of diagnosis is 5.
• Although cure rates are steadily increasing, 35% of children will die from a diagnosis of cancer.
• One fourth of all pediatric cancers diagnoses are brain tumors.
• Diagnoses of brain cancers and other central nervous system tumors rose by more than 25\% between 1973 and 1996.
• In general, children diagnosed with central nervous system tumors do NOT share the favorable prognosis of those with many other more common pediatric abnormal masses.
• Over the past 20 years, there has been some increase in the incidence of children diagnosed with all forms of invasive cancer; from 11.4 cases per 100,000 children in 1975 to 15.2 per 100,000 children in 1998.
• Diagnoses of leukemia, which is the most common childhood cancer, increased by more than15\% over the past 20 years.
• Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined.