Pediatric cancer myths present enormous barriers to researchers receiving the funding they need. Over the next week, help us bust these myths. Go social using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #KidsCancerMyths and get others involved in the conversation
MYTH: Cancer is all the same. If I support one, I’m helping them all.
FACT: No cancer is alike. Most are treated case by case.
There are 12 major types of pediatric cancers, each as unique as the child fighting it. Some of them receive far more funding than others. Some have good prognoses, while others claim more lives than not.
In addition, a child’s body is nowhere near equipped with the armor an adult’s has, and yet many treatments are used on both children and adults. These treatments have devastating effects on a child’s body. In fact two out of three childhood cancer survivors will develop long-term side effects, many of them life-threatening, including secondary cancers, diabetes and organ failure.
In the past 20 years, only two new pediatric cancer drugs have been approved by the FDA. This is why at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, we work to fund the research needed to bring less toxic, more effective treatments to children as quickly as possible.