September Cancer Awareness

September 19, 2021
September Cancer Awareness

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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