Did you know that cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States? Childhood cancer kills more children than pediatric AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy combined.
While it’s true that fewer children are dying of cancer than in the past, the rate of children being diagnosed with cancer has actually increased by 34% since 1975.
Because of the important work of leading scientists and health professionals, we know that toxic chemicals in the environment and in the places where children live, learn and play are important risk factors for cancer, and that genetics alone cannot explain the rate of increase. It’s time to take action!
Due to the significant increase in the rate of childhood cancers, a team of over 60 stakeholders and leaders in the Health, Science, Business, Policy and Advocacy sectors have collaborated on a new report: Childhood Cancer: Cross-Sector Strategies for Prevention.