September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, symbolized by a gold ribbon worn to commemorate the event. It is an annual international awareness month to raise support.

The most common childhood cancers are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), brain and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors, and neuroblastoma. Collectively, these cancers accounted for about half of all new cases each year.

Childhood cancer is very curable, with a survival rate of around 80% in developed countries, but tens of thousands of children in low- and middle-income countries die needlessly from the disease every year – most without effective pain relief. In fact, at least 50% of childhood cancers can be cured, even in resource-poor settings, with relatively simple and inexpensive drugs and procedures that doctors have known for decades.

The number of children diagnosed with cancer increases slightly each year, and in 2022 alone, approximately 10,500 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Although there have been some improvements in the treatment and care of children with cancer, much remains to be done.

Thanks to advances brought about by cancer research, the death rate from cancer in children has decreased by nearly 70 percent in the last four decades. By raising awareness and funding research, we can change the future of children with cancer and their families.

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