Saturday 3 September 2016

Go Gold - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood cancer awareness is something I hold quite close to my heart.

It seems as though many people don't know all the statistics of childhood cancers, and many don't realize that someone can be born with cancer. 

Childhood cancer is rare however in the UK alone, there are apx 1600 new cases diagnosed every year (between the ages of 0-14 year old). This statistic means that 1 in 285 children in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 14. 

Around 250 children a year, between 0-14 lose their lives to childhood cancer in addition to 50 young adults between 15-19.

Cancer is the most common cause of death for children aged 1-14. It accounts for one fifth in the age group.

Thankfully, the average five year survival rate of children that have been diagnosed of cancer is 82%. It's estimated there are around 35,000 survivors of childhood cancer alive in the UK.

How can you help?

  • Buy a Gold Ribbon from Children with Cancer UK - Here

  • Bring awareness to Childhood Cancer by using the hashtag #GoGold 

  • You could even post a Gold Ribbon on social media showing your support!
  • Find a local Childhood Cancer charity to donate to, there are quite a few around all offering different services. Some will help families by offering rest bite, some will donate to hospitals for better equipment specifically for children, some will help with families household bills as the parents are unable to work. All donations will be for a good cause regardless. 

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