Written by Katherine Murphy
Cancer awareness is important for many reasons; from emphasizing the importance of early detection to raising funds to further cancer research, awareness for different cancer types can help individuals and save thousands of lives.
While there are some cancer types, like breast cancer, that are well known and spoken about in the media, there are over 100 types of cancer that affect almost 2 million new people in the US each year.
In September, awareness is raised for multiple different types of cancer. Below, OneVillage has compiled a list of resources for donations, early detection information and support advocacy groups.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
According to the AACR, one in 285 children under the age of 20 in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer each year. These cancers are the leading cause of death from disease in children and adolescents, although pediatric cancer death rates have declined over the past four decades due to advances in cancer research.
- National Cancer Institute: Research on Childhood Cancers: information on why research is critical to progress against childhood cancer and how research is changing treatments and detection.
- Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation: investing in leading edge research that demonstrates the best hope for a cure to childhood cancer.
- American Childhood Cancer Organization Support Groups: participate in discussion groups, post personal profiles or simply read posts from others like you.
- Starlight Children’s Foundation: programs to improve the life and health of kids and their families
Blood Cancer Awareness Month
Types of blood cancer include leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and an estimated combined total of 186,400 people in the US are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2021 according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: During the month of September, your donation will be matched and your impact will be doubled.
- Blood Cancer Patient Support Group: Connect with others in a free, 15-week online support group for blood cancer patients in active treatment.
- Blood Cancer Symptoms and Diagnosis: Each type of blood cancer is different, but they can share some common symptoms and signs.
- Peer to Peer Support from LLS: If you wish to speak to a First Connection® peer volunteer, please fill out the online request form. Someone from LLS will contact you by phone.
Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month
Gynecological cancers include five types: ovarian, endometrial/uterine, cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancer, according to the Foundation for Women’s Cancer. Screening and self-examinations conducted regularly can result in the detection of certain types of gynecologic cancers in their earlier stages, when treatment is more likely to be successful and a complete cure is a possibility. Diet, exercise and lifestyle choices can also play a significant role in the prevention of these cancers.
- Risk & Prevention from Foundation for Women’s Cancer: reduce the risks for gynecologic cancers through health maintenance and genetic testing.
- Sexuality & Intimacy: Your Guide: sexual health is an important aspect of gynecological cancer care.
- Society of Gynecologic Oncology: Donations to FWC cover the entire spectrum of gynecologic cancer care.
- Ovarian Cancer Institute: OCI was established with the mission of funding promising new approaches to the early diagnosis and more effective treatment of ovarian cancer.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
According to the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. About 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, at various stages.
- Prostate Cancer Foundation: donate in honor or in memory of someone special today to help take action in the fight against prostate cancer.
- #StevensStrong Campaign: Join Dave Stevens and his matching campaign with a total commitment of $400,000 over 3 years.
- Prostate Cancer Support: free, professional support services for those affected by prostate cancer.
- Zero Cancer: 48,000+ men have already been assisted with the help of their co-pay program.
Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month
Each year, there are about 44,280 new cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S., according the the American Cancer Society. Thyroid cancer is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most other adult cancers, and women are 3 times more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men. Use of more sensitive diagnostic procedures has increased this cancer diagnosis in the U.S.
- American Thyroid Association: transforming thyroid care through clinical excellence, education, scientific discovery and advocacy in a collaborative community.
- ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association, Inc: providing support services and education for everyone whose life has been touched by thyroid cancer.
- Moffitt Thyroid Cancer Educational Resources: a strong thyroid cancer support community is vital to healing and recovery.
- Tests for Thyroid Cancer: If there is a reason to suspect you might have thyroid cancer, your doctor will use one or more tests to confirm the diagnosis.
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