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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Help us spread the Word, Help us Save Lives.  
List of 30 #FactsAboutChildhoodCancer: 
 
1- The incidence of cancer in children is 16.4 per 100,000.  
2- Each year, more than 200,000 children are diagnosed with cancer.  
3- Childhood cancers account for 1 to 4 percent of all new cancer diagnoses.  
4- Worldwide, every 3 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.  
5- Childhood cancer causes around 90,000 deaths per year.  
6- Childhood cancer is often detected too late because parents and health workers do not have sufficient awareness of the warning signs.  
7- Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death (following accidents) in children ages 5-14.  
8- The treatment usually lasts for 3 years.  
9- Average cost is 55,000 USD a year for each patient.  
10- Cure rate for patients at CCCL is an amazing 80%.  
11- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, has a survival rate of 92%.  
12- In 1975, just over 50% of children diagnosed with cancer survived, but because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80% of children with cancer now survive.  
13- Regular follow-up care is very important for survivors of childhood cancer.  
14- In children, less than 2% of subcutaneous lumps are malignant.  
15- Childhood cancer threatens every aspect of the family’s life and the possibility of a future, which is why optimal cancer treatment must include psychosocial care.  
16- Cancer survival rates vary not only depending upon the type of cancer, but also upon individual factors attributable to each child.  
17- For children and families, treating the pain, symptoms, and stress of cancer enhances quality of life and is as important as treating the disease.  
18- Every day, 480 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide.  
19- Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender and socio-economic groups.  
20- The average age of children diagnosed with cancer is six.  
21- More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.  
22- Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common cancer type for children.  
23- In the last 40 years, the overall survival rate for children's cancer has increased from 10% to nearly 90% today.  
24- Unlike many cancers of adults, lifestyle-related risk factors (such as smoking) don’t influence a child’s risk of getting cancer.  
25- Most common symptoms include an unusual lump or swelling.*  
26- Most common symptoms include unexplained paleness and loss of energy.*  
27- Most common symptoms include an ongoing pain in one area of the body.*  
28- Most common symptoms include unexplained fever or illness that doesn't go away.*  
29- Most common symptoms include frequent headaches, often with vomiting.*  
30- Most common symptoms include sudden eye or vision changes.*  
 
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*Regular visits to your pediatrician is very important in detecting cancer early because when abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat.