There is not nearly enough Childhood Cancer Awareness
in South Africa.
Have a look at the statistics below, and consider joining the Fight for Awareness
- Less than a third of actual childhood cancer cases is diagnosed in South Africa annually.
- This amounts to between 600 and 700 diagnosed cases, but, could be more, as per the South African Tumour Registry.
- Worldwide, about 200 000 NEW cases of childhood cancer is diagnosed annually. 90% of which, will be in Developing Countries, which includes South Africa.
- It is expected that cancer incidences will escalate with 70% by 2020.
- South Africa shares the success rate for childhood cancer treatment, with the Developing Countries, which is 10-20%, in comparison, the Developed Countries have a success rate of 80-90%.
- 70% of ALL childhood cancers is 100% curable IF diagnosed in time
- In South Africa, the majority of children who HAVE cancer, is misdiagnosed, resulting in those children passing away without having had a Fighting chance.
- A large percentage of the children in South Africa who ARE diagnosed annually, is diagnosed in the later stages of cancer. Many are diagnosed too late for any treatment options. Late diagnosis impacts the length and severity of treatment, and therefore directly impacts the physical and emotional trauma the child experiences.
- Two thirds of children who survive cancer have long lasting medical concerns. These include, but is not limited to; sight and hearing problems, heart and lung problems, learning and developmental difficulties, sexual development and reproductive problems, breathing and digestive problems and dental problems.
Awareness therefore is key to early diagnosis, which will impact the childhood cancer survival rate in South Africa, as well as childhood cancer survivor’s lives thereafter.
Who can become an Awareness Drive Volunteer?
Any individual or grouping of individuals who share a passion and who would be willing and able to mobilise awareness in their community, whether it be with a reach of 5 more people, or thousands.
Childhood Cancer Awareness is
- To get rid of thy myths surrounding childhood cancer, such as that children don’t get cancer, that only children from certain races is at risk of getting cancer or that only children from certain economical groups get cancer. Other myths include the misconception that all tumours are cancerous, that cancer is contagious or that childhood cancer is inherited only.
- To educate both the public and medical professionals in South Africa on the Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer
Awareness = Early Diagnosis = Saved Lives
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for Little Fighters Cancer Trust, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form, stating which type of volunteering you are interested in doing.