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This is a great cause and I pray that you will consider joining me in fighting childhood cancer. There are many things about childhood cancer I never knew, but I do know that no family should have to face this disease and fear the loss of a child from Cancer. Together we can fund the research to find the CURE.
Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research asked readers to share their opinion on what they think are the most critical childhood cancer facts everyone should know:
1. “Pediatric cancers are different than adult cancers and therefore, need their own research.” — Ellen G.
2. “Because of lack of funding and research, the treatments used to treat childhood cancers are usually very old and very harsh, therefore causing many problems in the future. Over 90% of all childhood cancer patients endure lifelong health issues cause by treatment.” — Shiri M.
3. “Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children.” — Matthew K.
4. “Children who have any type of brain tumors have the highest risk of not making it during their treatment. The reason for this is that children’s brains are not fully done growing, which means the tumor does as well. The most dangerous brain tumor is the one that won’t stop growing. The treatment options they have to endure almost always stunts their growth as well. They will need growth hormones to get them caught up with their peers. Pediatric brain cancer is the second most common cancer, next to leukemia. Brain tumors account for about one out of four cancers.” — Donna F.
5. “Cancer does not discriminate.” — Tina M.
6. “The battle doesn’t end when treatment ends, and cancer affects the entire family.” — Michelle B.
7. “Childhood cancers are under and late diagnosed. Parents and doctors need to know the warning signs: fever, bone or joint pain (growing pains should never be experienced in daytime hours), swelling or lump in the belly, headaches, sudden weight loss, vision problems, excessive bruising, night sweats, swollen lymph nodes, trouble walking, vomiting and fatigue” – Marilyn. F.
8. “Only four percent of research funds are specifically for childhood cancer. Four percent!” — James P.
9. “There could be significant later effects of chemo on childhood cancer survivors. It is important for childhood survivors to be aware of any changes in their bodies and report them right away, and to be closely monitored throughout their lives. Doctors and researchers are just now starting to study the toll life-saving drugs take on growing bodies. I am a teenage leukemia survivor who was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at 32. Since I have no genetic mutations and no family history of breast cancer, my doctors feel my breast cancer is a secondary cancer caused by chemo during the end of puberty.” — Rebecca S.
10. “I am going to go a different route here because you all have listed some amazing ones! Changes in routines disrupt day-to-day functioning of siblings. Siblings of children with cancer are at risk for emotional and behavioral difficulties, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are well-documented for parents whose children have completed cancer treatment.” — Shannon G.
11. “Two-thirds of kids with cancer will experience late effects from treatment (this include heart and lung disease, infertility, learning disabilities and secondary cancers). This is why the public needs to understand that kids get different kinds of cancer than adults and need different research in order to find better treatment protocols with less long-term side effects and eventually a cure for cancer! The federal funding for adult cancer research is 96% with kids only receiving 4%. #MoreThan4” — Heidi M.
12. “Quote from [name’s] brother during her treatment: ‘I’m so glad I am turning 12 tomorrow because then I can always go to see her in the hospital.” And from her older brother: ‘I’m just praying she doesn’t relapse before I get my driver’s license.’ Siblings are the unsung heroes and casualties in the childhood cancer world.” — Amy S.
13. “Cancer kills more children than AIDs, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.” — Donna C.
14.“Only three new drugs have been approved to treat childhood cancers in the last 20+ years.” — Amanda H.
15. “PTSD is real after your child is diagnosed with cancer. For the child, the parents, the siblings. The fear and anxiety of relapse and losing your child never ever goes away.” — Lisa S.
16. “One in five children diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. will not survive. For the ones who do, the battle is never over.” — Jan K.
17. “Based on the most recent statistics, somewhere in the world a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes, every single day. (And to reiterate: childhood cancer is not rare.)” — Myla K.
18. “46 kids are diagnosed every school day in America!” — Cindi B.
19. “Average age of death for a child with cancer is 8 years old.” — Rally Pensacola
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