Wigs 4 Kids Statistics

Wigs 4 Kids services children throughout Michigan between the ages of 3 through 18 at no cost to them or their families. The majority of the kids we serve have cancer, although we assist children with other forms of hair loss. 

Childhood Cancer Statistics

On this page, you will find helpful information and statistics regarding childhood cancer.

  • Childhood cancer specifically affects children, teens and young adults.
  • Cancer begins when cells in a part of the body start to grow out of control.


     
  • How is childhood cancer different from cancers that develop in adults?

    The types of cancers that develop in children are different from those in adults. Childhood cancers are often the result of DNA changes in cells that take place early in life, sometimes before birth. Unlike many cancers in adults, childhood cancers are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors. 

    By the time an adult is diagnosed, loses their hair, completes treatment and their hair grows back; you are looking at about a year. For a child, they are in treatment for 3-5 years and the recurrence rate is higher at 70%. 

*Source: American Cancer Society


Common Types of Childhood Cancers

Children ages 0-14:

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (26%)
  • Brain and CNS (21%)
  • Neuroblastoma (7%)
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (6%)

Adolescents ages 15-19:

  • Hodgkin Lymphoma (15%)
  • Thyroid Carcinoma (11%)
  • Brain and CNS (10%)
  • Testicular germ cell tumors (8%)

*Source: American Cancer Society


The Financial Breakdown

  • 82% of families said insurance companies either denied or rescinded health care coverage for their child facing cancer. 
     
  • 60% of families caring for a child with cancer had one parent stop working or cut back in hours worked. 

*Source: American Childhood Cancer Organization


Long-term Impact of Cancer

  • Of the children and adolescents who survive, 3 in 5 of will experience long-term side effects from the treatments used to save their lives. (Journey 4 a Cure)
     
  • Thanks to major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more. (American Cancer Society)
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