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About the Cause

Cancer is a term used for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and are able to invade other tissues.  Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. 

Although cancer is much less common among children compared to older adults, approximately 1 in 285 children in the US will be diagnosed with the disease before the age of 20.  While advances in treatment have increased the survival rate for childhood cancers, the disease is still the second leading cause of death (following accidents) in children ages 5-14.

In Minnesota, an estimated 10,450 new cases and 1,350 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children (ages 0-14) and 5,330 new cases and 610 cancer death to occur among adolescents (ages 15-19) in 2014.

The most common cancers in children ages 0-14 are acute lymphocytic leukemia, brain and CNS, neuroblastoma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  The most common cancers among adolescents ages 15-19 are Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid carcinoma, brain and CNS, and testicular germ cell tumors.

Net proceeds from MessFest will go to support the programs at The Miracles of Mitch Foundation.

For more information about the facts and figures of childhood cancer, click here.