National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: cancer rates increasing over time

KENTUCKY – There’s a few days left of September and we want you to know that this month is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

Norton Children’s Cancer Institute in Kentucky treats more than 3,000 kid cancer patients each year. 

Doctors say that childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly over the last few decades. But with modern medicine, 85% of patients will survive five years or more. 

“I don’t believe there is any other way of doing what we do without really daring about the patient and really going beyond these are my daily duties, to do more, to do everything that’s humanly possible to support them and take care of them,” said Dr. Mustafa Barbour. 

The most common forms of child cancer are leukemias, brain tumors, and lymphomas.