The American Cancer Society projects that around 10,380 children and young teenagers will be told that they have cancer this year.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
“The thing about being diagnosed with childhood cancer is, it immediately changes the entire family and how a family works, what the family is going to be doing for the next several years,” said Dr. Theodore Johnson after the Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ Scholar Grant presentation and Handprint Ceremony at Children’s Hospital of Georgia on Friday. “A lot of that is dictated by what needs to be done clinically to treat that cancer.”
However, the American Cancer Society reports, “Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, more than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the five-year survival rate was about 58 percent.”