About Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) is a time to recognize, advocate for, and honor children who have been affected by cancer and the families that care for them.
As brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death and the most commonly diagnosed solid cancer in children and adolescents age 19 and younger, the brain tumor community has an enormous stake and voice in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
This September, the National Brain Tumor Society will highlight the devastating realities of a brain tumor diagnosis for children and families. We’ll share important progress being made in research to find better treatments and improve survival and quality of life, and to improve health care and support for families facing a pediatric brain tumor diagnosis. Through NBTS there are opportunities for our community to use the power of philanthropy, advocacy and volunteering to help create change to last a lifetime.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Facts & Figures
- Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related death among children and adolescents ages 0-19 years.
- Brain tumors are the most common solid cancer in children and adolescents ages 0-19 years in the U.S.
- An estimated 4,630 children will be newly diagnosed with a brain tumor in the U.S. in 2021.
- It is estimated that 13,657 children are living with a primary malignant brain tumor in the U.S.
- For all primary pediatric brain tumors, the five-year relative survival rate is 76.7%.
- There has never been a treatment developed and approved specifically for pediatric brain tumors.
- For many pediatric brain tumor types, a standard of care is not well-defined.
- Because of their location and the aggressive treatment required, brain tumors can have lasting and life-altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a patient’s life.
Focusing on the Future
National Brain Tumor Society is committed to accelerating new treatments for pediatric brain tumor patients that will improve children’s survival and quality of life. Learn about how NBTS and our volunteers, donors, and partners are making change for the pediatric brain tumor community that will last a lifetime.
Ways To Support
Together, we can create change that will last a lifetime. Take action for pediatric brain tumor patients this month by signing up to become an advocate, joining or starting an event, or setting up a fundraiser in honor of a loved one.
Pediatric brain tumor patients need more — more research, more treatments, and more time. Share your story to show others that they are not alone and to create change for our most vulnerable patients.
MAKE A GIFT
Your support is critical to ensuring the urgent, unmet needs of the pediatric brain tumor community continue to be heard and addressed. When you make a one-time or sustaining gift to NBTS, you have an immediate impact on the important work underway to conquer and cure brain tumors—once and for all.