September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
CompassionCare Hospice knows this is the time to honor and remember the children and their families affected by these rare diseases. Cancer affects everyone involved. More children are being diagnosed with cancer today than ever before. Support goes a long way. Financial support can help research efforts which might help give these kids a better outcome. Treating children can be a bit complicated because children’s bodies and brains are growing quickly. Effectiveness of treatment and the advancement of technology offer hope to those diagnosed and their family. In the U.S, 15,780 children 18 or younger are diagnosed with cancer every year. And, approximately ¼ of those diagnosed will not survive the disease. The good news is the survivor rates are improving, but we can always improve. Knowledge is everything. Knowledge is how we can prevent and/ or treat these diseases. More than half of those children who kick cancer’s behind, suffer from serious lifelong side-effects from their treatments. Children’s bodies have a hard time tolerating toxic treatments. Childhood cancer is the number 1 disease killer of children in the U.S. It is also the second overall leading cause of death in children 18 and younger.