Fast Facts: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness
Each day in the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer (St. Jude, 2020). Worldwide, there are more than 300,000 children under the age of 18 who are diagnosed with some form of cancer. September is dedicated as Childhood Cancer Awareness to bring attention to the children affected by this serious disease, show the important of life-saving research, and joining people together to help make a difference in the children’s lives.
Wisconsin Hospital Association Information Center (WHAIC) used claims data from Wisconsin hospitals to see how many children are affected by cancer. WHAIC pulled data for children under 18 years of age from the years 2017-2019. Following these years, the trend of childhood cancer visits has decreased from 2017-2019.
There were eight different types of cancer looked at, but the image below depicts the top 5 from WHAIC data. Lymphoma and Wilma tumor (Kidney Cancer) were the top two types diagnosed for Wisconsin Children. These are also the same top two cancer types most diagnosed nationwide.
Male children were diagnosed more than female children-about 2,100 more diagnoses than females. Children with Hispanic origin accounted for only 3 percent of all cancer diagnoses from WHAIC data. When looking at race, white children account for 92 percent of all cases.
There are a few different ways in which people can help raise awareness and funding for children with cancer:
- Like, Share, and Follow pages on social media that spread awareness of childhood cancer
- Learn the facts and sign of childhood cancer through many different resources
- Join in on a walk or hike to celebrate survivors and those who lost the fight to childhood cancer
- Donate to childhood cancer research and hospitals
- Purchase merchandise in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
- Change profile picture for Facebook and Twitter to gold ribbon to raise awareness