There is an urgent need to accelerate research into childhood cancer as well as rapidly provide access to innovation for children with cancer. Zoé4life works on both these levels. Our goal: CURE MORE AND CURE BETTER
Almost 300 children aged 18 years old or younger are diagnosed with cancer every year in Switzerland. In Europe the number of new diagnoses per year is 35’000.
One child dies from cancer every week in Switzerland. Cancer is the first cause of death by disease in children.
Four out of five children will survive at least five years after diagnosis, but often with serious long term side effects due to treatment.
Although considerable progress has been accomplished in the last 50 years in childhood cancer treatments, this is not the case for several forms of pediatric cancer.
The impact a childhood cancer diagnosis has on its victims and their families is impossible to measure. However, financial decisions regarding research are based on facts and figures.
Here are some facts about childhood cancer:
- The causes of most pediatric cancers remain a mystery and cannot be prevented.
- Childhood cancer does not discriminate, sparing no ethnic group, socio-economic class or geographic region.
- Today, about one in 600 young adults is a childhood cancer survivor
- The average age of death for a child with cancer is 8, causing a childhood cancer victim to lose 69 years of expected life years; a significant loss of productivity to society.
Zoé4life works both in Switzerland and on an international level in order for research into new treatments for childhood cancer to accelerate and to provide access to innovation for children with hard to cure cancers.