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Prince William County Public Schools recognizes September as 

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2), approximately 47 children per day - or 17,293 per year - are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the United States.   Prince William County Schools supports our students,  families, and loved ones who are suffering from this disease. 

Below are resources to help our community and families who may be affected by cancer. 

FACTS ABOUT CHILDHOOD CANCER

(Provided by Children's Cancer Cause.org)Image showing 47 as the number of children diagnosed with cancer each day in the USA

  • Childhood cancer is not one disease – there are more than 12 major types of pediatric cancers and over 100 subtypes.
  • Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children. Worldwide, 100,000 children lose their lives every year to cancer.
  • Only six drugs have been approved in the first instance for use in children. This is compared with hundreds of drugs that have been developed and approved for adults.
  • Despite numerous clinical trials, a diagnosis of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is typically terminal, with only 10% of DIPG patients surviving for even two years after diagnosis.
  • More than 95% of childhood cancer survivors will have a significant health related issue by the time they are 45 years of age; these health related issues are side-effects of either the cancer or more commonly, the result of its treatment.

Source: Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2)

 

Proclamations

Resources

  • Resources for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Families - INOVA Life with Cancer.  This website provides a wide variety of resources to include:
    • Books and CDs
    • Diagnose and Treatment
    • Camps and Retreats/Special Events
    • Groups and Programs
    • Employment/Insurance Help and Advocacy
    • Financial Resources
    • School Issues
    • Transportation to and from Treatment/Other Treatment Center
  • We Can Help - American Childhood Cancer Organization
photo of a doctor and child with yellow ribbon representing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month