While September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, childhood cancer is an everyday reality for thousands of families around the world. We’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know (and can share!) about childhood cancer:
1. Childhood cancer is not one disease, but several. Childhood cancer is made up of over a dozen different types and countless subtypes. Cancer in children can begin virtually anywhere in the body. The causes of most types of childhood cancer are not known and are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors, unlike many adult cancers.
2. Every day, there are almost 700 new cases of childhood cancer around the world.This is equivalent to an entire elementary school of children. This adds up to over 250,000 new cases of cancer each year in children under the age of 20.
3. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children in the United States. Every day, 250 children around the world die from cancer. Each year, 91,250 children lose their lives to cancer.
4. Childhood cancer treatment is no longer just chemotherapy and radiation. Precise therapies, like Car T cell immunotherapy, that attack the genetic components and drivers of cancer are offering more hope than ever before.
5. A cure is not enough. Surviving childhood cancer brings its own set of complications. Two-thirds of all childhood cancer patients will have long lasting chronic conditions from treatment.
6. Accelerating the path to better treatments and cures for kids fighting cancer everywhere. Researchers continue to search for safer, effective treatments, like the growing study of immunotherapy that harnesses the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells, leaving healthy cells, healthy.
7. Treatment brings a financial and psychological burden on families who have to juggle cancer treatment with distance, lost days at work, separation from family, lack of local support systems and the financial cost of transportation and stays.
8. Children, like gold, are precious and strong. Ever wonder why the Childhood Cancer Awareness ribbon is gold? In 1997, a group of parents picked gold as the official color because it symbolizes how precious children are and their resiliency.
9. There is hope. There are children alive today that would not be because of our supporters' dedication to finding cures for all children, one cup at a time.
10. Stay in the know! Stay updated and spread awareness around you about the childhood cancer pandemic and motivate to come forward in contributing towards alms.