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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

ACTING Gov. Victor B. Hocog on Friday signed a proclamation designating September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Among the month’s activities are the efforts to raise awareness about childhood cancer and prostate cancer on the part of the Commonwealth Cancer Association, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Division of Public Health Services, CCA executive director Juan L. Babauta said.

“We also support the families as they are going through this difficult time,” he added. “A lot of times, families don’t ask for help, only when they really need it the most.”

Acting Gov. Victor B. Hocog poses with other officials and stakeholders after signing the proclamations designating September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month on Friday morning.  Office of the Governor photoActing Gov. Victor B. Hocog poses with other officials and stakeholders after signing the proclamations designating September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Prostate Cancer Awareness Month on Friday morning. Office of the Governor photo

The Childhood Cancer Awareness Month proclamation stated that among the 12 major types of childhood cancers, leukemias (blood cell cancers), cancers of the brain, and cancers of the central nervous system account for more than half of the new cases. About one-third of childhood cancers is leukemia. The most common type of leukemia in children is acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the most common solid tumors are brain tumors.

This year’s theme for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is “Real Men Get Their Facts! Fight Prostate Cancer!”

“Research suggests that men could reduce their risk of prostate cancer mortality if they follow recommended prostate cancer screening guidelines, including examinations by a health care provider and increased awareness and use of early detection practices,” the proclamation stated.