Raising Awareness About Childhood Cancer
It is estimated that 15,780 children from birth to age 19 will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. this year. That's 43 children a day.
Cancer is the second leading cause of childhood death; only accidents take more young lives.
That is why September is designated Childhood Cancer Month--to increase awareness and acknowledge the need to advance research, treatment and access to care. This month also provides an opportunity to recognize childhood cancer survivors and honor those young people who have lost their lives to this disease.
Childhood cancers primarily affect children, teens and young adults. The causes of most childhood cancers are not known. Some of the most common types of childhood cancer include:
- Brain tumors
- Lymphomas, which begins in the immune system
- Leukemias, which are cancers of the bone marrow and tissues that make the blood cells
- Neuroblastoma, which arises in the adrenal glands, spreads very quickly and is located in the abdominal area near the kidneys and along the sympathetic nerve chain in the chest and abdomen
The overall outlook for children with cancer has improved greatly during the past 50 years.
More than 90 percent of children who are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. are cared for at a facility affiliated with the Children's Oncology Group (COG). East Tennessee Children's Hospital is a member of the COG, which is the world's largest organization for clinical research to improve the care and treatment of childhood cancer.