Raising Awareness about Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is highly prevalent today. Among all age groups, the most common childhood cancers are leukemialymphoma, and brain cancer (Kid's Health, n.d)
Whilst we do not fully understand the causes of childhood cancers, they are believed in most cases to be caused by non-inherited changes (mutations) to cells (Kid's Health, n.d). Because these occur randomly and unpredictably, there is no effective prevention. Certain genetic predispositions also exist. For example, Downs syndrome has been associated with leukaemia (Cancer Council SA, n.d).

Over 600 children aged 0-14 each year in Australia are diagnosed with cancer (Children's Cancer Institute Australia, n.d). On average, three Australian children die from cancer every week, cancer being the largest killer of children from disease and childhood cancer having the second highest death incidence, after breast cancer (Children's Cancer Institute Australia, n.d).

There are many initiatives to support childhood cancer victims. One such initiative is the creation of bald barbies, as I blogged about here. These dolls highlight that bald is beautiful and make children feel better about being bald or having bald relatives.

For more information about childhood cancer, check out these websites:

It is vital that awareness be raised about childhood cancer so that the high death incidence can be reduced.

Will you help spread the word about childhood cancer?

Take care,
Madeleine Moore

P.S. Have you check out Determined to Cure on Facebook? And have you seen Determined to Cure on Instagram?

Ignorance is NOT Bliss when it come to Cancer

There is a popular saying that 'ignorance is bliss.' Whilst this is true for a select few things, ignorance is certainly NOT bliss when it comes to cancer. As Horace Mann said, "There is nothing so costly as ignorance." As harsh as it is, with cancer, ignorance can sometimes mean death.
Being ignorant about cancer can mean that you don't know the various symptoms of different cancers, don't know how to prevent cancer and don't know what the risk factors for cancers are. Being unaware of these things means that you will be unlikely to recognise cancer symptoms before the disease has spread (become metastatic). You will be likely to do things that may increase your chance of developing cancer (or do nothing to decrease it). Also, if you have any risk factors for cancer, you will be unlikely to take measures to reduce their impact.

According to a National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre survey, one in five Australian women can't name one symptom of ovarian cancer (Cancer Australia, n.d).  The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance conducted a survey in which 89% of women were unaware of ovarian cancer symptoms before being diagnosed. However, 81% of the respondents realize in hindsight that symptoms existed before diagnosis (Ribbons to Remember, n.d).


It is vital to be aware of cancer and its symptoms, risk factors and prevention methods. Make sure you have some understanding cancers (particularly the most common ones, such as breast, skin and lung cancers). If you think something may be disrupting your health, get in checked and don't play the ignorance card.

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to cancer.

For some information about cancers, check out some of my other blog posts. Also, check out these websites:

Take care,
Madeleine Moore

P.S. Have you check out Determined to Cure on Facebook?