Did you know that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know, not until the Cancer Research email hit my inbox – I clicked through and instantly felt awful for not knowing!

When you think about Cancer, you think about it as an adult disease, not as some thing that could affect your babies!

Childhood Cancers

 

There are several different types of Cancer as we know, but there are also a fair few that affect children, here is some information from the Cancer Research Website:

The most common types of childhood cancer are:

  • acute leukemias, diagnosed in 1 in 3 children with cancer
  • cancers of the brain and spinal cord, diagnosed in 1 in 4 children with cancer

The other rarer types of children’s cancers include:

  • retinoblastoma (a type of eye cancer)
  • neuroblastoma (a cancer of nerve cells)
  • Wilm’s tumours (a type of kidney cancer)
  • muscle or bone cancers, such as osteosarcoma, rhabdomyosarcoma, and Ewings sarcoma
  • lymphoma (cancer that starts in the lymphatic system)

 

It’s scary, isn’t it? My mom had breast cancer a few years ago, luckily she beat it and is in remission but not everyone is so lucky.

Cancer is so common now that nearly everyone you know will know someone who has had it or been affected by someone close to them having it.

Unfortunately, I know a lot of people that have been affected by Cancer, guess it comes with knowing so many people and the rise in Social Media popularity.

Some of these people were young and lost their lives as a result, others survived and will bear the physical and mental scars forever.

Cancer Taboo

 

I know I’ve covered Cancer in previous blogs but it’s not something that ever goes away and I think it is a taboo subject to some and is ignored as a topic for discussion for fear of upsetting people.

 

I hope that one day a cure is found for Cancer, I also hope and pray that it never affects anyone close to me again.

Here is a link to the article I mentioned earlier:

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/donate/kids-and-teens?utm_campaign=bl_SeptemberEnews_070917_ccmpe&utm_source=ccmp&utm_medium=email&cid=63026&mid=152917484

To those of you experiencing this awful disease right now, my heart goes out to you and I pray that you have a positive outcome xx

Mel is a Personal Trainer, Fitness Tutor and Blogger, she is passionate about what she does and her blogs represent her opinion (and she is pretty opinionated!).