September Cancer Awareness Types and Events

by Jane Ashley

September is one of the busiest months for cancer awareness. Awareness is the first step so that we learn how to prevent more types of cancer, encourage people to have all recommended screenings for early detection and develop more effective treatments. Here’s our September list:

Calendar of Events.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Mont

Five facts about childhood cancer.

15,780 children in the U.S. are diagnosed annually
1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before they turn 20
20 percent of children with cancer in the U.S. die from their disease
Every three minutes, a parent hears, “Your child has cancer.”
Childhood cancer is the #1 cause of death in children in the U.S.

In late 2018, a new targeted therapy drug received accelerated approval for pediatric cancers that are NTRK fusion-positive. Before this approval, there was no treatment for this form of cancer.

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Gynecological Cancers

Gynecological cancers are cancers that occur in the reproductive organs of women. Cancer can occur in these organs:


Almost 110,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with one of these cancers, and about 33,000 women die from these cancers each year. Always have cervical cancer screenings as recommended by your gynecologist.

The HPV vaccine prevents several kinds of cancer, including cervical cancer. Pre-adolescent children (both male and female) should be vaccinated according to CDC recommendations.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

Older Men Leukemia

Leukemia and lymphoma are types of blood cancers, cancers that affect the bone marrow which produces our various blood cells and the lymphatic system, part of the immune system. Leukemia occurs in both adults and children. Leukemia is the most common kind of childhood cancer in children under 15.

Leukemia is diagnosed in about 62,000 annually in the U.S. There are four main types:

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – affects the myeloid cells and is rapid-growing
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) – also affects the myeloid cells, but is slow-growing
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) — affects lymphoid cells and grows quickly
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) — also affects the lymphoid cells, grows slowly at first
Leukemia deaths annually in the U.S. are almost 23,000. The good news is that about 400,000 people in the U.S. are living with chronic leukemia or are in remission.

Newer targeted therapies my allow some chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients to forego chemotherapy.

Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Lymphoma Non Hodgkin Lymphom

Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system of our bodies — our lymph nodes, bone marrow, tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus gland. Lymphoma can affect any of these parts of our lymphatic system. There are two kinds of lymphoma.

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — About 12 percent of lymphomas are the Hodgkin’s type. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was once almost universally incurable, but advanced research has turned this kind of lymphoma into a curable disease. The diagnostic criteria for classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is the presence of a particular abnormal lymphocyte called a Reed-Sternberg cell. It is a relatively rare cancer with only about 8,100 persons diagnosed annually.

Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor Staying One

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is caused when these healthy B, T and NK cells (cells in the lymphatic systems that fight infections and viruses) change and grow out of control forming tumors. There are over 60 different forms of NHL — some are aggressive while others are indolent/chronic. About 75,000 people in the U.S. develop NHL annually.

Both kinds of lymphoma can occur in both children and adults.


New breakthrough treatments offer hope to many types of lymphoma.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer describes cancer that begins in the ovary, fallopian tubes or peritoneum. Cancer that occurs in these areas are closely related. Some research suggests that all of these cancers begin in the outer end of the fallopian tubes and spread from there into the ovaries and/or peritoneum.

I Wish I Knew

Over 22,500 women each year in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Older, Caucasian women are at the most risk for ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer, in its earliest stages, doesn’t produce obvious symptoms — unfortunately this means that most ovarian cancer is diagnosed at a more advanced stage.

Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy/targeted therapy. If ovarian cancer recurs, treatment might include radiation therapy.
Symptoms are vague and non-specific and are also symptoms for less serious, non-cancerous reasons.

Abdominal bloating
Back pain
Difficulty eating/feeling full
Pain during intercourse
Vaginal discharge

If you are experiencing these symptoms for more than a few weeks, schedule an appointment with your gynecologist.
Newer treatments are turning recurrent ovarian cancer into a more treatable disease that is treated like a chronic disease.

NFL Kickoff for Crucial Catch

Nfl Crucial Catch

The National Football League and American Cancer Society partnered together to help everyone access their risks for developing cancer. For many years, the NFL focused on the fight against breast cancer. Now, they have expanded their efforts to include all cancer types.

Their assessment tool, known as The Defender, helps people reduce their risk of cancer. The NFL contributes funds for screenings too, including for breast cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer. More than 310,200 cancer screenings have been provided at low or no cost.
Royalties from specially licensed “Crucial Catch” merchandise are donated directly to the American Cancer Society.

CEOs against Cancer National Meeting (September 29-30, Washington, D.C.)

Ce Os Against Cancer

CEOs against Cancer is an American Cancer Society group of more than 500 business executives who bring their expertise together to help prevent, treat and cure cancer — a disease that costs American businesses more than $225 billion annually. These CEOs recognize that cancer not only costs in lost productivity but also adversely impacts the futures of their employees who develop cancer. About 36 percent of employees don’t return to work after treatment.

These CEOs help make a difference by initiating programs to help employees stop smoking, lose weight and stay active as well as encouraging preventative screenings for cancer.

September reminds us that “no one fights alone.” While our cancer types are different, we are all in this fight together.

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