Facts about Children’s Cancer and HCCF

Facts about Children’s Cancer and Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation (HCCF)

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the U.S. It kills more children between the ages of 1 and 14 than any other disease.
  • Approximately 12,500 children in the U.S., ages 0-20, will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. The median age at diagnosis is 6 years old.
    On average, Hawaii has 50-60 new cases of childhood cancer are diagnosed each year. The survival rate for all childhood cancers is about 78%. Unfortunately, this means that over 20% of the children still do not survive.
  • Length of treatment for childhood cancer averages from 12 months to 3 years. As many as 200 children may be in treatment at any given time in Hawaii.
  • With more aggressive treatments, childhood cancer survival rates have improved dramatically over the past 20 years. However, the incidence of childhood cancer continues to increase.
  • Even if a child does survive, he or she may suffer long-term effects as a result of treatment, and/or be more susceptible to other types of cancer.

About HCCF:

  • All of HCCF’s donated funds stay in Hawaii
  • 95 cents of every dollar goes to direct services and programs for families
  • Last year, HCCF’sFamily Financial Assistance Program provided about $270,000 in assistance to Hawaii families with children with cancer
  • Other programs include Kokua Baskets, educational workshops, and advocacy
  • All services are provided free of charge to families

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