Scott & Sunny

Scott & Sunny

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

USA Childhood Cancer Facts (from Candlelighters)

Each day, 46 children are diagnosed with cancer
One in 330 children will develop cancer by age 20!!!!!!!!! (I still find this statistic shocking)
Although cure rates are steadily increasing, 35% of children will die
Cancer remains the number one disease killer of children; more than genetic anomalies, cystic fibrosis, and AIDS combined
The overall incidence rate for childhood cancers has increased significantly by almost 33% during the period 1975 to 2001
On average a treatment for childhood cancer diagnosis is two years
Cancer treatment can cause serious side effects that may last a lifetime
Research on the emotional impact of childhood cancer finds that parents and siblings report even greater long-term emotional impacts than the diagnosed child

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