Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Every 3 minutes of everyday a child diagnoses with cancer and more than 80 % of children in the world cannot be cured. LÖSEV is struggling with cancer especially with leukemia, which is the most common cancer type among children for more than 23 years and since 2009 we fight all types of cancers. In our hospital, LÖSANTE, we have 92 % success of struggling with cancer and leukemia.
LÖSEV has been fighting hand in hand with children with leukemia, who suffer the most common childhood cancer for 23 years, and all other children with different childhood cancers for 12 years to “stop cancer” with a success rate of 92 % at LÖSANTE Hospital and giving life to all those children without taking a penny.
September is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It is time to remember children and adolescents affected by cancer in Turkey and all around the world. Even during the pandemic, childhood cancers continued to be the number one cause of disease-related death for children around the world. Together with many international advocates and well-established organizations dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer, our aim is to honor all these brave little individuals by raising awareness, and to stop cancer by raising awareness in September, which has been designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer
Childhood cancer is an important public health and societal problem. Therefore, everyone should be informed about the stark reality of childhood cancer. Every year, more than 400,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer in the world, and more than 8,000 children in Turkey. Among childhood cancers leukemia is the most common cancer type and accounts for 30 % of childhood cancers.
Every 3 minutes, a family somewhere in the world is faced with devastating news that their child has been diagnosed with cancer.
While the average age of cancer diagnosis for adults is 66, the average age of diagnosis for children is 6. 80 % of childhood cancer patients are diagnosed with late and metastatic disease.
Therefore, increasing the awareness of parents plays a life-saving role. Early diagnosis in childhood cancers, affects the success of treatment. Targeted therapies, laboratory studies carried out at the molecular level and developments in imaging technology are the other factors which affects the success of treatment.
Unfortunately, there are serious inequalities in access to the best care and expertise in the current system of childhood cancer, such an important public health and societal issue. In high-income countries where comprehensive services are generally available, more than 80% of children with cancer are treated. In low- and middle-income countries, this ratio is estimated to be between 15-45%. Death due to lack of money should not be the fate of children.
That's why investing in life-saving research, developing and accelerating access to innovative anti-cancer drugs, reducing inequalities, providing high-quality, accessible and affordable healthcare and much more must be our key priorities. Therefore LÖSEV has been fighting hand in hand with children with leukemia, who suffer the most common childhood cancer for 23 years, and all other children with different childhood cancers for 12 years to “stop cancer” with a success rate of 92 % at LÖSANTE Hospital
As LÖSEV, we draw attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and invite everyone to support this awareness campaign, which deeply affects families in every part our country. We must prevent cancer diseases in children as much as we can, diagnose earlier and ensure that all our children living with cancer have access to the quality treatment they need. Let’s not forget that all children are equal up to age of 18.