September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (or Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month). In the United States one in five children that are diagnosed with cancer won’t survive. Each year, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Many of these kids don’t have access to modern treatment and 14,583 kids will be diagnosed with cancer this month alone. The objective of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to put a spotlight on the types of cancer that largely affect children, survivorship issues, and very importantly; to help raise funds for research and family support.
According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) childhood cancers tend to be more aggressive than adult cancers. Due to the rarity of childhood cancers, only specially-trained doctors have the knowledge and experience to properly treat them.
Types of Childhood Cancer are bone cancers, brain cancers, leukemias, hepatoblastoma, lymphomas, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, rhabdoid tumors, sarcomas, and wilms tumors
Go Gold for kids with cancer
In 1997, a group of parents of children impacted by childhood cancer chose gold to represent this number one non-communicable disease killer of children in the United States and around the world. At the ACCO, they believe that “gold” represents the most precious thing ever: children. When you see the gold ribbon know that it is in honor of childhood cancer awareness; remembering those children who did not survive, joining the fight with those still fighting for their lives and celebrating the survivors.
Awareness of the importance of the gold ribbon can not be spread without you. Visit acco.org and childrenscancer.org for more information, to make a donation, participate in an event, start an event and more.
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