There are around 1,900 new cancer cases in children in the UK every year. Around 76 of these children will have bone cancer and will face some of the most brutal treatment options which haven't changed for decades. The most common types of bone cancer in children are osteosarcoma (53%) and Ewing sarcoma (42%).
Alice Rossington, pictured above, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at just 11 years old in February 2017. Alice had 23 appointments with medical professionals and it took nearly six months to be diagnosed. Alice's dad, Nick, is helping raise vital awareness of primary bone cancer this #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month by sharing his daughters story, which you can read below now.
Throughout September we will be highlighting the impact primary bone cancer has on children and their families, like Alice's. We will be sharing stories, news about research progress and the importance of early diagnosis. With bone cancer accounting for 4% of all childhood cancers, it is imperative that as many people as possible are aware of the signs and symptoms of bone cancer to increase speed of diagnosis and improve patient outcome.
Our new graphic highlights the main symptoms of primary bone cancer in children and adults. You can download it by clicking here, by sharing it on social media you will boost awareness and aid earlier detection which can help to save lives.
A Marathon in a Month - September
23% of bone cancer patients are children & teenagers. This September support #ChildhoodCancer Awareness Month and run or walk a marathon...
- Do it your way or in a day
- Join 1000s of others
- Get a running top
- Get a medal
Other ways to get involved
Apply our free Facebook Frame and raise awareness on social media by clicking here.
Share your story with us and online using the hashtag #CCAM or #ChildhoodCancer and tag us @BCRT.
Raise awareness locally in your community by requesting one of our free awareness packs.