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MMWR: Announcement: Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — September 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017   (0 Comments)

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, approximately 15,000 U.S. children and adolescents aged <20 years receive a cancer diagnosis; leukemia, brain tumors, and lymphoma are the most common types of cancers that affect this age group (1). During the past 4 decades, largely because of advances in the efficacy of treatment and supportive care, 5-year relative survival for childhood cancers increased from 62% to 85% (2). However, for some childhood cancers, such as brain or bone tumors, 5-year relative survival remains <75% (2). In addition, child and adolescent cancer survivors often face long-term complications, including heart disease, infertility, or secondary cancers related to their treatment, and need lifelong survivorship care planning (3).

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