Childhood Cancer Awareness
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancer is second leading cause of death (following accidents) in children ages 5 to 14.
Childhood cancer rates have been slowly on the rise for the past few decades. Just this year alone, about 10,380 children in the U.S. under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer, and of that, about 1,250 of them will succumb to their disease.
However, thanks to advanced treatment options, more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer today now survive 5 years or more. This is a significant improvement since the mid-70s, when the 5-year survival rate was about 58%.
Still, survival rates do vary, depending on the type of cancer and other factors. If you want to get involved in the fight against childhood cancer, here are ways to show your support:
- Donate to St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help fund more research for childhood cancer treatments.
- As part of the “Go Gold Project,” you customize your own social media profile photo with a gold ribbon by clicking here. It’s quick, easy and FREE.
- Use the hashtag #gogold when you post to social media about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
- Take the Whipping Childhood Cancer Challenge and challenge your friends.
- Wear a gold ribbon pinned to your shirt and tell people why.
- Donate blood and join the national bone marrow registry.
- Watch The Truth 365 documentary about childhood cancer.
For more information about childhood cancer, visit stbaldricks.org.