“Your child has cancer.” Every month worldwide, the parents of 25,000 children hear these devastating words. Every year in the United States, nearly 16,000 children younger than 21 years of age are diagnosed with cancer; about 4,000 of these children will not survive. In the United States, cancer is responsible for more deaths among children than all other diseases combined.
Did you know that:
- Although adult cancers can often be diagnosed early, 80% of children are diagnosed with cancer that has already spread (metastasized) to other parts of the body.
- From 80% to 95% of children who survive cancer still face long-term health problems and severe or life-threatening conditions caused by treatment.
- Research is challenging for many reasons, among which are that childhood cancers are considered rare diseases; little is known about the causes of childhood cancers; the types of cancers that affect children and the biology of those cancers generally differ from those diagnosed in adults; childhood cancers have relatively few genetic alterations and generally lack the targets used in targeted cancer therapies that have been developed and approved for adults; and childhood cancers require treatments that are less toxic and cause fewer long-term side effects.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month highlights the types of cancers that affect children and is used to help to raise funds to finance research and to provide support to the families of these children. At Connexion Healthcare, we specialize in communicating the science behind oncologic and rare diseases, and one of our goals is to help raise awareness about the many types of cancers that affect all people, both young and old.
Recent progress in technology and treatment for childhood cancers is exciting and provides hope and healing for both patients and their parents. However, the development of treatments for childhood cancers has lagged behind those for other cancers. More than 90 new cancer drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration over the last 10 years, only 3 of which are specifically for childhood cancers.
Join us at Connexion Healthcare in highlighting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by getting involved.
Learn more about what you can do:
American Childhood Cancer Organization http://www.acco.org/
Children’s Cancer Research Fund http://www.childrenscancer.org/
St. Baldrick’s Foundation https://www.stbaldricks.org/
About Connexion Healthcare
Connexion Healthcare is a full-service global provider of strategic medical and scientific communications with decades of experience providing exceptional service to the pharmaceutical industry. We provide services through 2 Centers of Excellence—Oncology and Rare Disease—and possess core expertise in these therapeutic areas and their marketplaces. We synthesize scientifically complex information and distill it into focused and highly compelling programs. In addition, we develop communication platforms that effectively influence clinical behavior and drive strategic initiatives forward. Our esteemed medical directors and content development team along with an accounts team rooted in science and best practices are poised and ready to support brands anytime from phase 2 development on.
For more information on how Connexion Healthcare can assist you, please contact:
Susan Stein, MPH