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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

CCLG, along with many other children’s cancer organisations, marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) each year in September. While we work to raise awareness of childhood cancer all year round, during September we focus on increasing awareness of cancer in children, as well as the work we do to support children with cancer and their families.

The gold ribbon

The internationally recognised symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon. During September, we encourage our supporters to wear a gold ribbon to help raise awareness. You can order your gold ribbon (and other CCAM items) from our online shop. 

Order your gold ribbon today

About childhood cancer

In the UK and Ireland, around five children are diagnosed with cancer each week. Thats around 1820 each year.

Cure rates for children are much higher than for most adult cancers. On average, 82% (over 8 in 10) of all children survive their cancer for five years or more. For some types of children’s cancer, the cure rate is much higher. However, for some types of childhood cancer, cure rates are much lower and less progress has been made. Further research is urgently needed.

Cancer remains the number 1 cause of death by disease for children. Sadly, around 230 children die from cancer each year.

Find out more about childhood cancer

Over the last 45 years, CCLG has played a key role in the major improvements in survival rates and standards of care for children. We bring together childhood cancer professionals to ensure all children receive the best possible treatment and care.

As there are still some childhood cancers with a poor outlook, and many treatments can have long lasting side effects, further research is vital, and the ultimate aim of CCLG is to cure as many children as possible while reducing the short and long-term effects of treatment. We fund and support research into childhood cancer.

Treatment is given in a specialist centre, often given many miles from home, and for some cancers will last for up to three years. Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience, and the emotional and practical implications of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment can be hugely challenging for the whole family. We help young patients and their families with our expert, high quality and award-winning information.  

How you can help

There are many ways you can get involved and help us to beat childhood cancer. This September, we’re asking individuals, schools, companies, organisations and community groups across the UK and Ireland to:

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