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Study Findings Reinforce Cookies’ Pursuit for Safer Childhood Cancer Treatments
A study released in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that survivors of childhood cancer are at an increased risk for developing diabetes, thyroid problems, obesity and other endocrine abnormalities later in life. The study’s findings underscore the sole purpose behind Cookies for Kids’ Cancer— funding medical research to find new, improved childhood cancer treatments that are safer and less toxic.
Here are some of the stark facts of childhood cancer:
- It is the #1 disease killer of children in the U.S.
- Less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget goes to all childhood cancers combined.
- Two-thirds of childhood cancer patients will develop long-term side effects, many life threatening — a result of the treatments that “cured” them.
- Only four of the 12 most common types of childhood cancers have average survival rates over 80%.
- 13,500 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Together, with the help of thousands of Good Cookies, we are changing these facts and giving children facing cancer treatment the hope they deserve.