September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, 1,500 children in Canada are diagnosed with cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a designation that puts the focus on young patients and the research and treatment needed to help them fight cancer.

Children are affected by different kinds of cancer than adults. The most common childhood cancers are acute leukemia, brain and nervous system tumours, as well as bone, muscle, lymphatic system and kidney tumours. The causes of most childhood cancers are still unknown.

Pediatric oncology has made huge strides in the past few decades: in the early 1950s childhood cancer had a cure rate of less than 10%, but now that figure is nearly at 75%.

On Sunday, people flocked to Ottawa to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on Parliament Hill. Many of them were advocating for more funding for childhood cancer research and treatment.

Take a moment and visit Childhood Cancer Canada’s “Wall of Heroes,” where you’ll hear the stories of young cancer survivors and their plans for the future: http://www.childhoodcancer.ca/your-impact/wall-of-heroes

Events throughout September will hopefully spread awareness of the challenges of childhood cancer, and emphasize the need for increased research and treatment of the disease.

 

Stats and figures can be found online: http://www.childhoodcancer.ca/home