Childhood Cancer

by Carissa Tham October 27, 2015

Children are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, yet every year, 1500 new cases of cancer in children are diagnosed in Canada alone. Today, we’d like to talk about  childhood cancer and its research and treatment needs.


Childhood cancer differs from adult cancer for a number of reasons:


  • Children are often protected by different laws than adults due to their vulnerability as individuals. Similarly, children need different treatments than adults when it comes to cancer and this requires different types of research to find the cure for childhood cancers.
  • In addition, these children require special pediatric care and medical equipment.
  • Children face a long battle ahead of them even after they survive cancer. 95% of child cancer survivors are likely to have a chronic health problem by the time they are 45.    
  • Child cancer treatments often result in lifelong damage to children’s developing bodies and brains.

This video by St. Baldrick’s Foundation helps explain the problem of childhood cancer further.



There is a need to raise awareness and funds in order to encourage and improve research and supportive care for childhood cancer. This week, we launched a collection from Headbands of Hope. Headbands of Hope lives for this very cause, and every headband purchased enables you to make a difference to children with cancer.

Benefair is so honoured to be partnered with Headbands of Hope to help make this difference. Check back on Thursday to learn more about the amazing work that they do!

 

With love,

Carissa

 Team Benefair

 

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