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​Childhood cancer awareness month


September is childhood cancer awareness month, a campaign led by charity Children with Cancer UK. The charity helps children with cancer across the UK, funding research, supporting families and raising awareness.

Almost 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK. That's ten every day.

This month, GPs in Lewisham are raising awareness of childhood cancer and the impact that a diagnosis can have on young cancer patients and their families.

Dr Marc Rowland, a local GP and Chair at NHS Lewisham CCG said: "Every year thousands of children bravely and courageously fight cancer. This month we are joining NHS organisations all across the country to raise awareness of the issues surrounding childhood cancer. These include the importance of early diagnosis and the difficulties - physical and emotional - that children face throughout their treatment."

The most common childhood cancer is leukaemia, which accounts for almost one third of cases. Cancers of the brain and spinal cord are the next most common, accounting for one quarter of all cases.

Children with Cancer UK fund studies, including the development of a pioneering technique for assessing relapse risk in children with the most common form of leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. This technique is now used by the NHS as part of the standard treatment for children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and is expected to take the survival rate past 90 per cent.

As well as funding research and treatment, the charity also funds welfare projects including hospice care and family accommodation close to hospitals and raises awareness of childhood cancer to protect more children and improve the lives of young cancer patients now, and for the future.

Find out how you can get involved and support this September.