Every year, throughout September, Candlelighters takes part in Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) and this year is no exception! The entire month of September is devoted to raising awareness of childhood cancer with an aim to prevent more young lives being lost to the horrible disease. On top of this the month is also about recognising those that have sadly lost their battle with cancer and the families of those on or post treatment.
In the UK, around 1800 children (under the age of 15) are diagnosed with cancer each year and although the percentage of children passing away as a result of cancer has decreased, it is still unfortunately the most common cause of death in young people. In Yorkshire alone, 150 children are diagnosed with cancer every year and by raising awareness it is hoped this number will decrease.
Cancer symptoms are often very similar to those of other illnesses and vary from child to child. Anything from unexplained weight loss and poor appetite right through to changes in appearance of the eyes or unexplained lumps and bruises could potentially be a symptom of cancer alongside many others. Whilst most symptoms are usually nothing sinister, it is worth taking precaution and seeing your doctor.
You can see a full list of symptoms and facts about childhood cancer on the Candlelighters website: www.candlelighters.org.uk/howyoucanhelp/childhood-cancer-awareness-month/, as well as information about how to join Candlelighters and get involved in raising awareness for CCAM.
*FACTS AND SYMPTOMS FROM CANCER RESEARCH UK*