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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-27 21:56:53-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — September is known as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Each day in the United States, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer, and one out of every eight newly diagnosed children will not survive the disease.

According to Dr. Farah Sherani with Driscoll Children's Hospital, pediatric cancer is the number one cause of death of children. Sherani also says the hospital is learning to adapt to children with cancer who have also contracted COVID-19.

“We have been able to isolate a floor for COVID-positive patients, so that if we have a child coming in with cancer that also has a COVID-19 infection or has a family member with COVID-19 infection, we are able to make decisions and proceed with treatments as well,” she said.

Sherani says there have already been some cases of children with cancer who have contracted COVID-19.