September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month

Published 10:20 pm Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September is observed as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.

In the U.S. alone, 15,780 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer each year, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

Sadly, approximately one in every four of them will not survive the disease.

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Cancer is a disease that doesn’t discriminate. It takes people of all races, all ages and all genders from this world way too early, it’s got to especially tough on families that have a child diagnosed.

While adult cancer is more likely to be discovered in the earliest stages of the disease, about 80 percent of childhood cancer cases are diagnosed after the disease has spread to other areas of the body.

So, how can you help?

First, just raising awareness and sharing information about the disease is beneficial, whether that’s through social media or by finding another way to spread the word.

All across the country, many will spend this month wearing a gold ribbon, meant to raise awareness for childhood cancer. That’s an easy way for any of us to help out.

The American Childhood Cancer Organization has a lot of information on its website on how someone can help raise awareness and most importantly, raise money to help find a cure for cancer.

The website is