Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
About Childhood Cancer Awareness Month:
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is recognized September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by emphasizing the burden of childhood cancer around the world as well as IARC’s efforts to prevent and treat childhood cancer globally.
IARC will post articles on its social media channels all throughout the month that highlight various facets of the organization’s efforts to combat childhood cancer, such as its participation in the World Health Organization Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer and its investigation into the causes of childhood cancer.
Approximately 280 000 children and adolescents (aged 0-19 years) will receive a cancer diagnosis worldwide in 2020, and approximately 110 000 children will pass away from the disease, according to estimates from the IARC Global Cancer Observatory. The true figures, however, might be substantially higher because it can be challenging to detect childhood cancer in many nations.
When is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?
In order to raise awareness of pediatric cancer, which is the primary cause of death from disease for children under the age of 14, President Obama declared September to be National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in 2012.
Did you know?
Support for children with cancer is represented by the color gold and the gold ribbon.
What Causes Cancer in Children?
Cancer in children is thought to have unknown origins. While environmental or lifestyle variables are frequently related to adult cancers, there are numerous differences when it comes to childhood cancer.
Cancer is less likely to develop in young people due to their environment or way of life. The majority of experts concur that genetic alterations (also known as mutations) that cause cancer are typically assumed to happen accidentally. The likelihood of a kid developing cancer is increased by genetic alterations in around 8% of instances.
Knowing what genetic alterations led to a malignancy can aid in a more accurate diagnosis by medical professionals. Future research into treatments could also benefit from this knowledge.
A virus known as the human papillomavirus causes six different types of cancer (HPV). Ninety percent of these cancers can be avoided by immunizing kids between the ages of nine and twelve. Adults who contract the virus may develop oral/throat, vulvar, anal, penile, and cervical malignancies.