7 Eye-Opening Facts to Share About Childhood Cancer

September Is Children’s Cancer Awareness Month, UC4C is proud to go gold in support of the many children and families in the ongoing battle to Cancel Cancer.

Bringing awareness to Childhood Cancer is deeply personal for many in our Urgent Care for Children family. We are proud to support the fighters and admire the survivors of childhood cancer in the UC4C family and the many communities we serve. Please help us share this useful information to give families hope and resources. We stand with you.

  • According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 16,000 U.S. children between birth and age 19 are diagnosed with cancer each year, and more than 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment. Cancer remains the leading cause of death from disease in childhood.
  • Cancer in children can occur at any age.
  • Leukemia/lymphoma and cancers of the central nervous system are the most frequently diagnosed cancers in childhood. Others are brain and bone tumors. 
  • The signs and symptoms of childhood cancer are nonspecific and include many findings observed in a variety of childhood disorders which makes recognition difficult; such symptoms include:  fever, musculoskeletal symptoms, pain, fatigue, pallor, bruising, bleeding, headaches, lymphadenopathy, and loss of appetite, vomiting and weight loss.
  • Any symptom in isolation is less likely to be associated with a childhood cancer diagnosis than if multiple symptoms are present or if the symptoms have persisted over time and resulted in multiple medical visits.
  • The nonspecific nature of symptoms makes it crucial for parents to advocate for your child and their symptoms if they have been persistent and ongoing- talk to your primary care provider about your concerns and ensure that a full work up is completed
  • Smile-A-Mile is an incredible program for Alabama’s children with cancer and offers multiple opportunities for families and children with cancer to connect with supportive relationships, engaging activities, and needed resources throughout the childhood cancer journey.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics