Pediatric (also known as childhood
cancer) begins in a child when normal
cells grow uncontrollably, which in
most cases create a tumor. These
tumors can either be benign (non
cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
Children can have cancer occur
anywhere in the body, and have been
seen to act differently then those who
are adults with cancers.
are the risk factors of pediatric cancer?
, simply being a child puts you at risk for
is the most common type of cancer that children
Leukemia, which accounts for one third of all pediatric
many children are diagnosed with pediatric
In the United States 10 400 children under the age of
15 are diagnose with pediatric cancer in one.
The lack of funding regarding Pediatric cancer
is what is causing the lack of research.
According to a poll given to Pediatric cancer
researchers 9/10 are concerned that
researchers are not pursuing to find a cure/
treatments due to said lack of funding.
Talia Castellano a young woman from the US whole quickly became a well
known figure on Youtube, Ellen, and the news world wide. Talia
unfortunately lost her battle to childhood cancer this year. You can check
out her YouTube channel here
The issue with Pediatric Cancer research
is the lack of it. According to the
National Cancer Institute only a
shocking 4 % of funding is dedicate to
the Pediatric Cancer research budget.
Children are this world’s future, we need
to ensure that this type of research is
being done to make sure that these
children are able to go on and live happy
productive lives as adults.
are a vast number of cases of adulthood cancer vs.
companies are not supporting/ funding the
cause, approximately 80% of funding from pharmaceutical
companies goes towards developing drugs for adulthood
is a funding gap, for example St.Baldrick’s
Foundation needed 33 million dollars to fund every grant
application for the 2012 calendar year but 25 million dollars.
While this is quit a bit of money they is still a 8 million dollar
People in the health care field (
physicians, doctors, researchers, nurses ect.) undergo copious
amounts of stress daily in their jobs this this why Structural
Functionalist believe that these jobs must be high paying for
people to be willing to work in the profession. For example in the
case of pediatric cancer researchers they need to be paid in order
for them to do their jobs in research, unfortunately this will cut in
to the research budget. Without significant budget to cover the
research itself and the people doing the research (
researchers, assistants, lab technicians ect.) according to a poll
one in five respondents would consider leaving the field of
childhood cancer research. Of those who may be considering
leaving the field, the number one reason is lack of funding (80
percent). With the right amount of funding these people wouldn’t
have reasons to consider leaving the field.
The average child who is diagnosed with pediatric cancer loses
on average 71 years of life. This can truly put into perspective
how important the research for a pediatric cancer cure is!
The Rally Foundation
for Childhood Cancer
Cookies for Kids
Raise awareness! If more people knew how little funding
goes towards pediatric cancer research they may be more
willing to put their own effort in to the cause.
Donate yourself! Donations can be made to various charity
organizations that support the research for a pediatric cancer
cure! Donate to your favorite cause today!
Donate your hair to a wig company that makes wigs for
children going through chemotherapy who have lost their
hair! This will also help raise awareness for the cause.
You can also visit this Vimeo video that
educates viewers on St. Baldrick’s hopes
for the cure for pediatric cancer.
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