Essay on Childhood Cancer And Its Effects

1331 Words Jul 28th, 2015 6 Pages
According to Childhood Cancer Statistics, “Approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday. … Every 3 minutes, somewhere in the world a family hears the devastating words that their child has been diagnosed with cancer.” (Childhood Cancer Statistics acco.org). Though the survival rates for pediatric cancer have increased dramatically in that time, there are other complications due to treatment and other factors due to the trauma of being diagnosed at a young age. Also, when a child is diagnosed with cancer more people are directly affected such as, parents, siblings, extended family, classmates and friends, as well as, the surrounding community. Pediatric, or Childhood, cancer affects people generally under the age of nineteen while others say that it is cancer that affect a person under the age of fourteen. According to an online article, Childhood Cancer, on kidshealth.org, “All kinds of cancer progress in the same way — cells grow out of control, develop abnormal sizes and shapes, exceed their typical boundaries inside the body, and destroy neighboring cells. In time, cancerous cells can spread (metastasize) to other organs and tissues. As cancer cells grow, they demand more and more of the body 's nutrition. Cancer takes a person 's strength, destroys organs and bones, and weakens the body 's defenses against other illnesses.” Some childhood cancer are caused by genetic abnormalities; unlike adult cancers that…

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