In "A Statistic" on Body Count's 1992 Cop Killer album, Ice-T tells us that, "At this moment there are more black males in prison than in college".
Statistics can be dangerous and manipulative and if you want to fight with me on this I'm sure you can throw this back in my face. Here is my statistic though. Think what you want about it.
In 2002 more children died from malignant neoplasms in the United States than people (adult or child) died from terrorist attacks world-wide in 2004.
I got my data from the CDC's National Vital Statistics Report on Leading causes of death for 2002 and from a 2005 Washington Post article on the release of global terrorism statistics by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). I used 2002 and 2004 because in my quick search those seemed to be the most recent available data. I did not pick the years because the data supports how I would like people to think about this.
I'm also acutely aware of the danger of putting forth numbers as the primary decision point for making decisions like government funding, where you should donate charitably, how to prioritize legislation, and etc. If this is solely a numbers game then sick kids get left in the cold. So I'm clearly a hypocrite and I want to manipulate you with my numbers and then tell you to ignore all other numbers. So be it.
The next numbers I want to dig up relate to how much money our government spends yearly fighting their "War on Terror" versus how much they allocate to pediatric cancer research.