Ellie Dawes
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Ellie Dawes

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Ellie Dawes
Posted by
Ellie Dawes
01 Sep 2014

Two awareness months at once mean there's never been a better time to join in and help us beat blood cancer.

September is national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It's also Blood Cancer Awareness Month. 

This double awareness month situation might seem a little strange, but when you consider that blood cancer is the most common cancer in children, it's a natural fit to have these two drives for awareness at the same time. (After all, there are only 12 months in the year to choose from, and many amazing causes that need more awareness!)

Here at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, we're putting a big focus on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this year. That's because this September we will be heading to ten Downing Street for a reception organised especially for us to raise with Samantha Cameron and others the problem of toxicity of treatment for children.

The amazing successes we have had in the field of childhood cancer, particularly the increase in survival rates for the most common childhood cancers like acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, prove that we're the right organisation to lead on making the world a better place for children with blood cancer. And we have lots to do. For many children, the intense treatment they go through has long-reaching side effects. For example, treatment can cause fertility issues later in life. Chemotherapy can effect a child's growth so that like Michelle they need to take steroids and growth hormones, years after their cancer treatment has finished. 

We know what we need to do to make things better for children. We need to establish Europe-wide clinical trials. We need to develop low impact, biological therapies to replace current treatments. And we need to delve deeper into the genetic causes of blood cancer and find out how to stop children getting cancers like ALL in the first place. These are ambitious goals, but with your help we can make these things happen. Visit our Childhood Cancer Awareness Month page to find three ways to help support our campaign, each of which take just a few minutes of your time!

While we're concentrating on children on our social media channels this month, we are also keen to remind everyone that blood cancer affects patients of all ages, and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are dedicated to making life better for every blood cancer patient; whether they be aged two or 102. If you have a story that could help others understand what life affected by blood cancer is like, please consider sharing it with us by writing a blog on this website. We have heard from numerous patients who have found reading the experiences of others on this website a valuable source of support, and they can be a great way for us to demonstrate the impact of blood cancer too.

In the midst of all this awareness month coverage, don't forget World CML Day on 22 September! If you've been through treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia, perhaps you could even post a special blog to mark this day. 

Are you doing something exciting to help us beat blood cancer this month? Do post a comment to let us know about it!