During the month of September, the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) is joining national efforts to raise awareness of the unique needs and concerns of childhood cancer survivors. Did you know1:
- Brain tumors are the second leading cause of childhood cancer deaths, following leukemia.
- Brain tumors are the second most common form of solid tumors among children.
- There are over 28,000 children living with a brain tumor diagnosis in the United States.
- More than 4,000 new cases of childhood primary brain and central nervous system tumors are estimated to occur in 2010. Nearly three-fourths of these new cases will be among children under the age of 15.
- Over 72% of children affected by brain tumors will be long-term survivors.
One of the most critical needs for children affected by brain tumors are the long-term survivorship needs. NBTS is committed to empowering patients and their loved ones with education and information. NBTS is also advancing the field of pediatric research through its Pediatric Research Initiative.
1. CBTRUS (2010). CBTRUS Statistical Report: Primary Brain and Central Nervous System Tumor Diagnosed in the United States in 2004-2006. Source: Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, Hinsdale, IL. Website: www.cbtrus.org.