A child’s cancer affects the whole family - International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

14 February 2014

Montreal -

The last thing a parent expects is to hear that their child has cancer. Tomorrow, February 15, Leucan and the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) will remind the public that childhood cancer is a human tragedy and a very important public health issue even if it only represents 0.5% of all the cancers diagnosed in Canada. 

Observed across the world by people who are concerned about childhood cancer, International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day is also an occasion to draw attention to the help, support, and information available to better face a child’s cancer.

Since 2012, Leucan has been publishing 25 cancer fact sheets from the CCS website. Among the subjects dealt with are the fear of recurrence, emotions experienced by the child after treatments, follow-up care according to the type of cancer, and returning to school. In addition, Leucan distributes certain brochures produced by the CCS, such as “Childhood cancer: A guide for families”.

“We are very proud of the partnership that we have established with the Leucan team,” says Sylvie Poissant, Acting Executive Director, CCS – Quebec Division. “Faced with cancer, particularly that of a child, everything must be done to save lives and support families touched by this tragedy. For this, the CCS provides resources, such as financial assistance in addition to Leucan’s, to ease the burden of the disease. Our association with Leucan, an authority on childhood cancers, ensures that we respond to the unique needs of families.” 

Childhood cancer in brief:
  1. In Canada, more than half of the money invested in research on cancer in children and teenagers by charitable organizations comes from the CCS. In 2012-2013, the Canadian Cancer Society invested $3.6 million in research on childhood cancer.
  2. Every year, around 860 Canadian children (235 in Quebec), from birth to 14 years old, develop cancer and around 140 die from it (40 in Quebec).
  3. The three most common types of cancer in children are leukemia, (33% of cases), central nervous system cancers (20% of cases), and lymphoma (12% of cases).
  4. In 25 years, we have seen a rapid decline in the rate of cancer deaths among children. Thanks to the progress made in childhood cancer treatment, more than 82% of children have at least a five-year cancer survival rate.

Every day, the Canadian Cancer Society works to save more lives. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research, and support people touched by the disease. For 75 years, our goal has remained unchanged: do more so that fewer of us have to face cancer and more survive. Let’s save more lives: visit cancer.ca or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333

For more information, please contact:

André Beaulieu

Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Quebec Division

Phone: (514) 393-3444