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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the US

Thousands of children die of cancer every year. It is only appropriate that a month should be dedicated to increasing awareness of these diseases.

In the US, September is the month of Childhood Cancer Awareness. The objective of this initiative is “to spotlight childhood cancer and survivorship issues related to childhood cancer nationally.”

The organization CureSearch formed together by the Children’s Oncology Group, and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, gives us the following statistics:

In the age group of 20-below which accounts for about 30% of the US population, about 12, 400 are diagnosed with cancer annually.

About 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 333 girls will develop cancer before they reach the age of 20.

Incidence of cancer in children is highest during the first year of life. The cancer rate is higher among children aged below 5 and those aged 15 to 20 years old compared to those in the age group 5 to 14.

Among young children, the most common types of cancer diagnosed are neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor, retinoblastoma, ependymoma, and hepatoblastoma. Among those aged 15 to 19 years old, germ cell tumors, Hodgkins disease, and bone cancers are the most common types of cancer observed.

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