According to WHO, cancer is still the leading cause of death in children worldwide. Every year, at least 400, 000 children are diagnosed with the deadly disease, according to reports. As a result, every year on February 15, International Childhood Cancer Day is observed. In this blog, we have covered everything you need to know about this specific day that occurs every year. So keep reading until the end to learn everything you need to know about International Childhood Cancer Day.
What is International Childhood Cancer Day about?
The goal of International Childhood Cancer Day is to raise awareness about childhood cancer. The day is primarily dedicated to children who have been diagnosed with childhood cancer, as well as survivors and their families. Childhood Cancer International was established on this day in 2002. (CCI).
The CCI is the voice of all children, adolescents, child survivors, and their families. The organisation’s mission is to ensure that the world is aware of and supports the struggles of children with cancer. The CCI has been working to ensure that all children around the world are protected from childhood cancer and have a higher chance of survival.
The International Childhood Cancer Day was commemorated for the 20th time last year (2021). This year (2022) marks the 21st anniversary of the day’s announcement by the CCI.
Childhood cancer: Causes and details to know
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 2, 62, 281 children aged 0 to 14 years in the year 2020 were diagnosed with some type of cancer. The majority of these children were from South-East Asia and Africa. WHO also estimated that 4,00,000 children, adolescents, and their families are dealing with the reality of cancer every year.
Brain cancers, leukaemia, and lymphomas are among the most common childhood cancers. Lymphoid leukaemia is the most common type of childhood cancer in Southeast Asia, including India. The most common cause of childhood cancer is a lack of facilities and treatment options.
Children from developed areas with developed facilities and treatment options have a higher survival rate. Children from middle-to-low-income communities and regions have a low survival rate. It is estimated that with the right medications and treatment, the survival rate of children with cancer can be increased.
One of the most frightening facts about childhood cancer is that only one out of every six children with cancer survives. The average age of children who have been officially diagnosed with cancer is six years old. Most childhood cancer patients will experience long-term side effects for the rest of their lives. Heart failure, infertility, and even secondary cancers can occur as a result of the medication.
The CCI and the International Society of Paediatric Oncology launched the ‘Tree of Life’ campaign, which will run for three years. This campaign was launched to raise awareness about childhood cancer and increase the amount of help available to children who have been diagnosed with the disease.
Childhood cancer: How to help?
You can help the International Childhood Cancer Day by doing the following:
● Making a contribution
● Organise a fundraiser in your community to benefit children with cancer.
● Spread information about childhood cancer and speak out in support of the children who are affected.
One of the most important things in the world is the health and survival of children. And we are all aware that it is our responsibility as humans to assist children with cancer and their families in any way we can.