Did you know that every day, more than 10 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK?
That is why, this Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we are pledging our support to help spread its key messages which include the importance of diagnosis, and the huge impact fundraising efforts can make to improving the treatment and care of child cancer patients throughout the country.
Children With Cancer UK is asking supporters of their campaign to wear a gold ribbon this September, to raise awareness and highlight the plight that many children go through each year. Thousands of keen sportsmen and women will take part in a number of fundraising events this month including The Great North Run, Tough Mudder and the Three Peaks Challenge to help raise much needed funds to advance research and develop new cures.
Is childhood cancer different to adult cancer?
The short answer is yes – children are effected by different types of cancer that occur for many reasons, requiring very specialist forms of treatment. The most common form of childhood cancer is leukaemia, which accounts for 31% of all childhood cancers. The second most common type is central nervous system (CNS) cancer. This type of cancer is responsible for more than one third of all childhood cancer deaths, claiming the lives of around 100 children every year in the UK. The third most common type is lymphoma. Some of the most common lymphoma cancers that you may well have heard of include Hodgkin lymphoma and non-hodgkin lymphoma.
Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer. Lymphomas are abnormal cells that originate in the lymph nodes and can build up to form a tumour. Sometimes they can pass into the bloodstream affecting other lymph nodes. Hodgkin lymphoma is normally found in lymph nodes in the head and is different to other types as it carries a particular type of cell known as the Reed-Sternberg cell. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma can affect any lymph node in any area of the body. 96% of children who are diagnosed with this type of cancer are cured.
What Can I Do To Help?
There are a number of things you can do to raise money and get involved with childhood cancer awareness month including:
Send For A Gold Ribbon
Simply by donating £1 and sending for your gold ribbon, which you can wear throughout September, enables you to show your support and explain to others about our campaign.
2. Host A Gold Tea Party
Join the likes of Olympic ice skater Jane Torvill by hosting your very own golden tea party to raise funds. It’s easy to put a little gold magic into your baking with gold glitter, icing, bun cases and however many more gold cake decorations you can think of! Gold ribbon posters are also available for you to display around your venue, along with your places of work, community hubs and local shops.
3. Social Media
You can also post any photos of events and fundraising activities, as well as messages of support for childhood cancer patients and their families by joining the conversation on social media. Visit their Twitter and Facebook page for more information and to see what others are doing.