Awareness · CMNH

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

I’ve written about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Childhood Cancer Awareness Day (September 14) many times before, but that’s no reason to stop posting.

I’m sure many of you have already seen pink in anticipation for Breast Cancer Awareness next month or heard about various drives/calls to action. Some of you may be well aware of Movember for Prostate Cancer Awareness. I’m not saying this is bad. The more awareness, the more research, the better the prognosis if you or a loved one ever gets cancer. So why don’t we hear much about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month? Why does it seem to get overlooked each year?

I’m not sure what year this infographic was made, to be honest, but it still has some good information. St. Baldrick’s reports 1 in 285 will be diagnosed with cancer. St. Jude and St. Baldrick’s report that 1 in 5 will not survive. Just like in adults, the type of cancer makes a huge difference when it comes to survival.

September is also blood cancer awareness month and ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) accounts for 75% of childhood leukemia – it currently has a 90% survival rate. There are other blood cancers that still need more research to increase survival rates and I know that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hopes to go out of business one day because their work is done. Did you know that about 60% of all funding for drug development in adult cancers comes from pharmaceutical companies? But St. Baldrick’s reports that for kids, almost none comes from pharmaceutical companies because childhood cancer drugs are not profitable.

Did you know that Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat 88% of the children that have cancer???? Help me raise even more money this month to support these hospitals – for research, for care, for equipment, for the best professionals, for whatever they need to keep doing excellent work at your local children’s hospital.

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