September is childhood cancer awareness month. Over the past few decades, the incidence of childhood cancer in the United States has increased slightly. However, because of substantial advances in treatment, survival rates for childhood cancer have improved to more than 80%. Being diagnosed with cancer at a young age can significantly impact the physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of a child. Even the lucky ones that overcome the disease can suffer from disturbing side effects and life-altering late effects.
Physical therapists work with these children throughout the course of their treatment and follow-up to ensure that they can keep up with their peers and maintain the best possible quality of life. It is our job to raise awareness for childhood cancer and not only help rehabilitate those children affected by cancer, but also help find them a cure. Please join the fight today and GO GOLD for Childhood Cancer!