September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


go gold - awarenessSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a time to honour and remember children and families affected by this devastating disease,and help rally support to give Children with Cancer better outcomes by supporting Childhood Cancer Awareness.

Each September, we make an extra special effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer, the impact that a diagnosis can have and how the Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s essential work helps young cancer patients and their families.

Families, Caregivers, Charities, Non-Profit Organisations and Research groups across the globe observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

During the Month of September

  • 25,000 families around the world will get the terrible news that their child or teen has cancer.
  • 6, 667 families will experience the loss of a child.

More children are being diagnosed with cancer today than ever before, and unfortunately in Africa, and in South Africa, many of them die because they are either diagnosed too late or because the families do not have the financial wherewithal to pay for the very expensive cancer treatments and all the other costs that go with a cancer diagnosis.

In South Africa, between 800 and 1 000 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer every year. In developed countries the survival rate is as high as 90%, but unfortunately this is not the case in South Africa, where survival rates are around 48.5% and even less in some areas.

Early detection of Childhood Cancer is very important because the earlier the diagnosis is made, the more chance there is of treatment and survival. This is why it is so important to be aware of the Childhood Cancer Early Warning Signs.

EARLY WARNING SIGNS ON GOLD BACKGROUND

Please help us to help Children with Cancer and their Families by spreading the above Early Warning Signs poster (click on poster to get a large version) far and wide across all media to make people aware.

Come back regularly during this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month as the Little Fighters Cancer Trust will be sharing more information regarding Childhood Cancer, Childhood Cancer Awareness and how you can help our Little Fighters and their Families.

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About LFCT

This is a blog about CHILDHOOD CANCER and CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a non-profit organisation that offers support and aid to Children with Cancer and their families. When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. One of the parents, usually the mother, must give up their job to care for the child and this creates financial problems for the family. In South Africa especially the majority of these families are not well-to-do; many of them are rural. A diagnosis of cancer can wipe out any family’s finances, let alone a poor family. The costs of special medications, special diets, hospital stays, transport to and from the hospital or clinic and accommodation and food costs for the mother who spends most of the time at her child’s bedside are astronomical. These are the people and problems that fall through the cracks, and these are the people that Little Fighters Cancer Trust has pledged to help in any way possible. LFCT takes a holistic approach to assisting the Children with Cancer and their Families, with the main aim to be the preservation of individual dignity and pride. Little Fighters Cancer Trust also focuses on promotion and advocacy of National Childhood Cancer Awareness in an effort to increase awareness of Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer. This would result in earlier diagnosis, giving the Child with Cancer more of a chance at Treatment and Survival. See "About" for more Background info

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