Across the United States, the month of September is observed as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing our brave children diagnosed with cancer, remembering the young lives taken too soon, and standing with the families facing childhood cancer.
The leading cause of death by disease in children under fifteen, cancer is diagnosed in 15,780 children under the age of 21 each year in the US; one fourth of them will not survive the battle. The objective of this month is to highlight the various types of cancers children are faced with, address survivor-ship issues, and to raise funds for family support and research.
In the last several decades, the five-year survival rate has climbed from less than fifty percent to eighty percent for children suffering from childhood cancer. This month we rededicate ourselves to combating this devastating illness through increasing awareness and committing new resources to the cause.
September is a chance to pay tribute to the families, friends, communities, and professionals who provide support and strength to our children suffering from pediatric cancer. The courage and commitment of those leading the way to impact the future of childhood cancer recognition, treatment, and care is paramount to reducing the number of cases seen per year, properly treating those cases found, and creating a brighter outcome for America’s youth.