September 20, 2017
Every year, more than 250,000 children aged 20 and bellow are diagnosed of cancer around the world. In the United States alone, it is estimated that more than 15,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer before they reach the age of 20. And because of this, cancer among children is the number one cause of death by disease in children.
For a parent, there is nothing more frightening than hearing the doctor say " Your child has cancer." It's even tougher witnessing your child go through it. It doesn't only devastate the family emotionally, but financially as well. While it is true that major advancements in the field of medicine and in cancer research has been done throughout the years, and cancer survival rate has gone up from just 10% from fifty years ago to almost 90% today, it was still estimated that 1 out of 8 cancer victims will succumb to the disease. Also, children who were diagnosed with cancer and survived usually suffer from late effects, such as infertility, heart failure, and sometimes secondary cancers.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is an important time to talk and spread awareness about the disease. Spreading awareness regarding childhood cancer can be done in so many ways. Here are just some of them.
Some Childhood Cancer Facts
In a perfect world, childhood should only be a time for discovery, wonder and adventure. But in our reality, childhood cancer exists. This month of Childhood Cancer Awareness, let us all do our best to bring awareness to this sad reality and hope that by spreading the word, then something more can be done, such as having a higher understanding of childhood cancer risks, creating better healthcare and raising more funds for aid and research.
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