Childhood Cancer Research Is Underfunded, Forcing Children and Families to Suffer

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States, the National Cancer Institute reports.

American Cancer Society estimates indicate about 10,470 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022, a number that has been rising for the past few decades.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States.
Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy among children in the United States.

Children living with cancer often face great physical, social, psychological, and spiritual challenges, just to enjoy daily life, reports a study from the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. Childhood cancer patients and their families experience overwhelming moments of aggression, anxiety, depression, and communicational problems, another study from the National Library Of Medicine indicates. Moreover, they must do it all while going through an often cold and uncomfortable treatment process, treatment complications, and many other care related problems.

Currently, only 4% of the U.S. federal government's funding for cancer research is allocated to childhood cancer.
Currently, only 4% of the U.S. federal government’s funding for cancer research is allocated to childhood cancer.

The parents of children with cancer can experience shock or denial, and live with debilitating pressure as the disease leaves its stain on every aspect of family dynamic. This leads to a lower quality of life, more frequent hospital visits, overwhelming medical bills, and the constant fear that time is running out or that a relapse could occur.

It is estimated that about 10,470 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022.
It is estimated that about 10,470 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2022.

According to Cancer.Net, children who live with cancer may fall years behind in school, and when given the opportunity to catch up, can be challenged by “chemo brain,” attentional and memory problems, hearing loss, and other physical issues related to disease.

Currently, only 4% of the U.S. federal government’s funding for cancer research is allocated to childhood cancer, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer maintains. This is a meager stream of support, and forces public healthcare institutions to put important studies on hold when funding is not available, sometimes having to wait until September, when donations come in for Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

Help us ask the federal government to increase budgetary allocation toward childhood cancer research.
Help us ask the federal government to increase budgetary allocation toward childhood cancer research.

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