Every September is...
............Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and like most people, you probably didn't know that. Did you notice the HUGE Pink Ribbon hanging in front of the White House during the Month of October? We did. Did you notice the Pink bats the Major League Baseball players used in their games? We did. Did you notice the Pink wrist bands on their wrists, as well as the Pink Towels used to wipe their sweat? We did. Did you notice the Pink footballs used by the National Football League, as well as the Pink ribbon on their helmets, shoes, uniform, and goal posts? We did. Did you notice EVERY TV news channel mention breast cancer awareness month EVERY DAY in October? We certainly did, and We are not alone when We say, it is a damn shame that not one single word has been written, or broadcast by the above mentioned entities regarding Our Children of Cancer, the terrible diseases they fight, their Parents struggles, or the most important fact.....Cancer Kills Children too...
Cancer is still the leading cause of death from disease among U.S. children over one year of age.1 Cancer kills more children than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, AIDS, asthma and juvenile diabetes combined. In the United States, among children, from birth to age 19, more than 18,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. While progress against childhood cancer has been made, cure rates for some pediatric cancers remain below 50 percent.
Childhood cancer survival rates in the United States have increased from less than 20 percent in the 1960s to almost 80 percent today. The increase in childhood cancer survival rates can be partly attributed to the progress made against the most common childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as well as advances in treatment and research made in the past few decades. Researchers have made strides against pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia, raising survival rates from just 4 percent 50 years ago to 94 percent today. While progress against childhood cancer has been made, cure rates for some pediatric cancers remain below 50 percent.
The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown.
Childhood cancer is not one disease entity, but rather is a spectrum of different malignancies. Cancers found in children are biologically different from those seen in adults.
The 10 most common types of childhood cancer are as follows:
- Leukemia (acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia)
- CNS, brain, and spinal cord tumors
- Lymphomas, (including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
- Skin cancer and melanomas
- Soft tissue tumors (including rhabdomyosarcoma)
- Germ cell tumors
- Bone cancers (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)
- Renal cancer (including Wilms tumor)
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