Facts about pediatric brain tumors:
1) Although cancer is rare in children, brain tumors are the most common type of childhood cancer other than leukemia and lymphoma.
2) Brain tumors are the leading cause of solid tumor cancer death in children under the age of 20, now surpassing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
3) While as many as 69% of PLGA children will survive, they are often left with long-term debilitating side effects.
4) Brain tumors in children are different from those in adults, and therefore are treated and should be researched differently.
5) Brain tumors have no socio-economic boundaries and do not discriminate among gender or ethnicity.
6) There are currently no known causes of brain tumors, however, epidemiological studies are ongoing. Complete and accurate data on all primary brain tumors is needed to provide the foundation for investigations of its causes and research leading to improved diagnosis and treatment.
7) At this time, brain tumor research is underfunded and the public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease. The cure rate for most brain tumors is significantly lower than that for many other types of cancer.