September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
I know that today is Saturday (Supplement Saturday) which means I generally blog about a supplement and provide information on alternative ways to help stay or get healthy, however, I received an email last night from the mother of a little girl, Abigail, who has been fighting cancer. She informed me that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and that since childhood cancers are relatively rare compared to adult cancers, and children cannot fight by themselves we all need to be aware and help out in any way we can. She states that one of the gut-wrenching issues is that out of every dollar raised for cancer research, only 1/2 of a cent goes to pediatric research. So today being the first day of September, I am hoping that you will also become aware of Childhood Cancer and help us fight the battle.
Here is a sweet picture of Abigail and a link to her heart-wrenching and heart-warming story. www.abigailfightscancer.com
Families, caregivers, charities and research groups across the United States observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year; approximately 1/4 of them will not survive the disease. A diagnosis turns the lives of the entire family upside down. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and – importantly – to help raise funds for research and family support.
Among the 12 major types of childhood cancers, leukemias (blood cell cancers) and cancers of the brain and central nervous system account for more than half of the new cases. About one-third of childhood cancers are leukemias. The most common type of leukemia in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The most common solid tumors are brain tumors (e.g., gliomas and medulloblastomas), with other solid tumors (e.g., neuroblastomas, Wilms tumors, and sarcomas such as rhabdomyosarcoma and osteosarcoma) being less common.
- Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined
- The overall incidence rate for childhood cancers has increased significantly by almost 33% during the period 1975 to 2001
- On average a treatment for childhood cancer diagnosis is two years
- Cancer treatment can cause serious side effects that may last a lifetime
- Research on the emotional impact of childhood cancer finds that parents and siblings report even greater longterm emotional impacts than the diagnosed child
Let us all remember the children that have lost the battle, pray for those fighting the battle, and help be a part of those trying so hard to end the cancer from even existing and hurting our children in the first place.
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂