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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

While childhood cancer is rare, it is the leading cause of disease-related death past infancy in children and adolescents. Every September, advocacy organizations, healthcare institutions, patients, and families raise awareness for childhood cancer. The idea of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month was first introduced in 1990 in a presidential proclamation by then-President George H.W. Bush. On September 26th, 2019, September was officially recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Today, organizations host events and display gold ribbons to bring attention to childhood cancer and advocate for childhood cancer research. Childhood cancer awareness events, hosted by a variety of advocacy organizations, bring people together to share stories and push for continued efforts to find new treatments. Events are hosted throughout the country and honor children with cancer, childhood cancer survivors, children who have passed away from cancer, and all of the clinicians, healthcare providers, researchers, and caregivers who are dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with cancer.

Every month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to the MyPART Network and the Pediatric Oncology Branch, because we are dedicated every day to finding new treatments and improving the lives of children, teens, and young adults with cancer. Follow us on Twitter @NCI_CCR_PedOnc, where we will be highlighting educational resources and information.

Learn more about childhood cancers here.

Access our support resources specifically for children, teens, and young adults with cancer here.

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