Shocking Statistics of Childhood Cancer
Did you know that every day, 43 children are diagnosed with childhood cancer? 43 new families are facing devastating news, learning about various treatment options and procedures, determining the best course of action to take for their children, and coping with the reality of childhood cancer. Each year, 40,000 children will undergo treatments for cancer and one out of every eight children will unfortunately, not survive. These statics are shocking, but with the right diagnosis early, there is a better chance for effective treatment and a positive outcome.
Common Types of Childhood Cancers
Early diagnosis of the most common types of childhood cancers can make all the difference in the long-term outcome for patients. Childhood cancers occur differently than most adult cancers, and treatment options may be different. Frequently diagnosed cancers in children include:
- Bone cancer such as osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma
- Brain cancer
- Central nervous system tumors
- Lymphoma including non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma
- Wilms tumors
Of course, children can develop other types of cancers, and cancers can spread and change. The best course of action is to always work with a trusted medical team and take quick action to ensure that all is being done to successfully halt the progress of the disease. Misdiagnosis, improper diagnosis or incorrect treatment of cancers can only place the patient at risk – which is why proper medical care is so important.
How you can help!
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and communities, individuals and families are encouraged to show their support to help bring awareness to childhood cancers. The American Childhood Cancer Organization provides various activities, kits and events for individuals to participate in that help raise money for research and treatments. If you are looking to help support children with cancer and their families, you can:
- Host an awareness event
- Wear a gold ribbon in support of a survivor, patient or caring hospital staff member
- Nominate a gold ribbon hero
- Donate to a local hospital or care center
- Donate to a national research organization
- Show your support through pins, magnets or clothes
- Contact local and national-level lawmakers to help to encourage more child-approved cancer medications
Of course, there are numerous other ways to show your support for cancer patients, families and the medical teams that serve the community. If you are looking for more information, or you are interested in donating, do not hesitate to contact the American Childhood Cancer Organization, or reach out to a local Philadelphia cancer treatment facility.
The Medical Malpractice Lawyers at The Colleran Firm Care
Our team of dedicated legal professionals cares about your health and your family’s wellbeing and we are proud to offer support for individuals and families of those facing childhood cancer. At the Colleran Firm, we are proud to provide quality representation to families that may have suffered a misdiagnosis of cancer or other medical malpractice or wrongdoing, and we encourage you to contact our team right away. We provide free initial consultations to all potential clients and we will always treat your families with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Contact our office to learn more! Sources: