To raise money for new life-saving treatments for children with neuroblastoma
Cancer in children and adolescents is rare. In the year 2005, close to 12,500 children will be diagnosed and approximately 2300 will die of cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in children between the ages of 1 and 19.
Great strides have been made in the overall survival rate of children with cancer. This has been the result of the advances and improvement made in the treatment of childhood cancers. More still needs to be done.
Continued progress on increasing the survival rate for all childhood cancers, reducing the serious side effects of cancer treatment, improving the quality of life during treatment, understanding the importance of genetics and its influences with environmental exposures, are all part of the continuing efforts of many dedicated people, and institutions and organizations, like CNCF.
Neuroblastoma accounts for 97% of the cancers of the Sympathetic Nervous System, which comprises one of the twelve major categories of the International Classification of Childhood Cancers (ICCC). The incidence rate for all sympathetic nervous system cancers was 9.5 per million children. Neuroblastoma accounts for 14% of all cancers in children younger than five years of age.
Neuroblastoma is a solid tumor cancer that begins in the nerve tissue in the neck, chest, abdomen, or pelvis but usually originates in the abdomen in the tissue of the adrenal gland.
Nearly 70% of those children first diagnosed, have disease that has already metastasized or spread to other parts of the body. The average age at diagnosis is two years old.
Prognosis for neuroblastoma is dependent on age, stage of disease, and the molecular biologic and cytogenetic characteristics of the tumor. There is very little known about why neuroblastoma occurs, or about what factors increase the risk for occurrence.
Please contribute and help raise money for research for this terrible cancer. Every penny helps fund a new research project and every new research project will help save lives.
(This description was taken from the CNCF website)
1. All children deserve the right to a long and happy life.
2. People should do everything within their power to help the innocent children who suffer from neuroblastoma.
3. The government needs to prioritize, and put the money added to the war budget back into cancer research (where it was taken from).
CHILDRENS NEUROBLASTOMA CANCER FOUNDATION
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN: 36-4370725)