Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (#CCAM), an initiative from Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), designed to raise awareness of childhood cancers and educate the public as to how to get involved and offer support to help shape the future for children with cancer.
Cancer affects 4500 children and young adults in the UK each year. It can be found across 12 main categories that cover 76 types of cancer, including leukaemia, which is the most prevalent. The past few decades have seen dramatic improvements in the outlook for children diagnosed with cancer. Fifty years ago, three-quarters of children diagnosed with cancer would die from their diagnosis; today more than three quarters survive. Awareness, early diagnosis and incredible advancements in research and treatments have all played their part in reducing the impact of cancer diagnoses in children.
Research saves lives, and CCLG has supported research and clinical trials over the past forty years, hugely improving treatments for children with cancer. CCLG is able to ring-fence funds meaning that supporters can raise funds for specific types of cancer, and also help children in the developing world where a shocking 80% of kids are unable to access treatment that may save their lives. CCLG’s work is ongoing; there is still some way to go — every child with cancer deserves a positive prognosis.
You can show your support by getting involved in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. From organising a fundraiser at work, school or in your local community, to becoming a Gold Ribbon Appeal Champion, there are a multitude of ways to raise awareness and funds. Head over to Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group to download a social media pack, request a Gold Ribbon Appeal display box, or get further information on how to offer your support and educate your community.