September 1, 2010 — Childhood Cancer Awareness Month highlights childhood cancer and the issues that are unique to children with cancer. This month, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia joins other cancer centers and organizations across the country in calling attention to the needs of children with cancer.
Childhood cancer remains the second leading cause of death in children. In 2010, almost 11,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 1.300 will die from the disease. Researchers at Children's Hospital's Children's Cancer Research Institute continue to make advances in pinpointing the underlying genetic causes of childhood cancers like neuroblastoma, but there is a critical need for additional funding.
CHOP encourages families and the public to make their voices heard this month to make a difference for children with cancer. The Hospital is offering a free downloadable Family Advocacy Toolkit to help families do this, and invites the public to participate in cancer-related events throughout the month.
Get more information about Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and how you can make a difference.