September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Some information we should all be aware of:

*Kids Get Cancer Too*

Cancer in children is more common than most people realize. Childhood cancers behave very differently than adult cancers and the survival statistics are not as promising. Furthermore, the incidence of childhood cancers seems to be increasing. Please join us in increasing awareness of childhood cancer facts and statistics.

-Cancer is the number one killer of children by disease. It is the second leading cause of all childhood deaths exceeded only by accidents.
-One in 330 children will develop cancer before the age of 20.
-On average, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States.
-Approximately 12,400 children were diagnoses with cancer in the year 2000.
-Each year about 3,000 children die from cancer. This is more than from asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies, and pediatric AIDS combined.
Only about 20% of adults with cancer show evidence that the disease has spread to distant sites on the body at diagnosis, yet 80% of children are diagnosed with advanced disease.
-In the past 20 years only one new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use.
-Only 3% of the budget from the National Cancer Institute goes toward pediatric cancer research. That's 3% of all pediatric cancers combined.
-The incidence of childhood cancer is increasing. The cause of this is unknown.
-Pediatric cancer funding is nominal in comparison to other more publicized diseases such as pediatric AIDS or juvenile diabetes, which increases in awareness every year.
-Most adult cancers result from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, occupation, and exposure to cancer-causing agents. The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown.
-Approximately 70% of children with cancer participate in research trials compared to only 3% of adult cancer patients. As a result, many of the advances in adult cancer treatments are due to breakthroughs in childhood cancer research.
-The government recently cut the budget for childhood cancer research.
-As a nation, we spend $14 billion dollars per year on the space program, but only $35 million on childhood cancer research per year.
-The Symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon.

Sadie, 17 months, Fighting cancer (Neuroblastoma) since March of 2007

How You Can Help

-Wear a gold ribbon to show your support.
-Have a car wash, bake sale, or any special event and donate the proceeds to the childhood cancer organization of your choice.
-Go through old video tapes, DVDs, and CDs to donate to your local Children's Hospital.
-Ask your Student Council or PTA for help in getting your or your child's school involved.
-Get your church youth group involved.
-Host an Alex's Lemonade Stand.
-Educate youth by having them donate their allowance earned for the month of September.
-Participate in Locks of Love.
-Donate Blood.
-Join the National Bone Marrow Registry.
-Email Oprah requesting a pediatric cancer show.
-Support the Conquer Childhood Cancer Act.
-Copy, post, and circulate this information.
-Support the kids fighting cancer by leaving messages on their pages and keeping them in your prayers.

-Click on the Add to sk*rt button on the bottom of this post, log in or register a new account, and click on the Love It! button connected to this tutus and turtle's post to help increase awareness of childhood cancer. You may have to search for the post under tutus and turtles or childhood cancer.

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Anonymous said...

It was a killer to scroll down and see the photo of Sadie. I'll do my part.

Al, Ash & Family said...

This is great information. I really appreciate the information on how I can help. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea. Thanks for letting us know what we can do.

Anonymous said...

That simultaneously broke my heart and scared me to death. I immediately signed up to be a Bone Marrow Donor. Thank you for spurring me to action. I have also posted a link to this from my blog!

Tutus and Turtles said...

Thank-you to everyone for taking the time to read this post and take action!!!

Michael and Jana said...

My 3 year old son was diagnosed almost a year ago. His prognosis is good, but it is still a daily battle physically and emotionally. Thank you for posting this.

Tutus and Turtles said...

We were happy to post about this important subject and send our love to all families and children dealing with this heartbreaking disease. Thank-you to everyone for your response and willingness to help increase awareness. Thank-you!