Fighting Childhood Leukemia

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The Fighting Childhood Leukemia program of the National Cancer Center provides research funding for the most common form of cancer in children:  leukemia.  Childhood leukemia accounts for more than one-third of all new cases of childhood cancers.

Research funded at Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks to discover novel molecular markers and potential therapeutic targets that, in time, can lead to improved diagnosis and prognosis of acute myeloid leukemia patients.

Identify Signs and Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It is the most common type of cancer in children. Call the doctor if you see any of these are signs or symptoms in children and suspect that it could be related to ALL:

  • Pain in bones or joints
  • Child has a noticeable limp
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin or elsewhere
  • Child feels abnormally tired
  • Child exhibits a repeated poor appetite

Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor.  Some risk factors can be avoided, others cannot.  People who think that a child may be at risk should discuss this with their doctor. Possible risk factors for ALL include the following:

  • Having a brother or sister with leukemia
  • Being white or Hispanic
  • Living in the United States
  • Being exposed to x-rays before birth
  • Being exposed to radiation
  • Past treatment with chemotherapy or other drugs that weaken the immune system
  • Having certain changes in genes or genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome

Source:”Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ).” National Cancer Institute.  4 March 2011. Web.  25 March 2011.

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  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Choose foods from plant sources--such as whole grain cereals, breads, rice, pasta and beans.
  • Avoid processed, salt-cured, salt-pickled and smoked foods.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco in any form.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so moderately.


  • Exercise!
  • Be moderately active for a half-hour a day.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Protect your skin when outside; avoid too much sunlight.
  • Wear protective clothing, hats, and use effective sunscreens.


  • Visit your doctor for appropriate cancer-screening tests.
  • When cancer is detected early, treatment is the most successful.
  • Get checkups for breast, cervix, colon and prostate cancers.
  • Avoid unnecessary x-rays.
  • Take control of your own health.

Lower your risk of getting cancer
by making a few changes in your daily routine!

Eat plenty of fresh fruits…

…and vegetables.


Be active.


Studies show that about half of cancer deaths could be prevented.
Take the steps necessary to stay healthy and reduce your rick of cancer:

  • Exercise!  Get plenty of physical activity.
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid the midday sun.
  • Protect your skin with a hat, shirt, and sunscreen.
  • Get regular cancer screening tests.
  • Keep your health records up to date.
  • Check your home for potential cancer-causing agents such as radon, benzene and some herbicides and pesticides.

Cancer survival rates are improving, thanks to
early detection and advances in treatment.


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The Breast Cancer Project

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Children's Cancer Project

The Children's Cancer Project of NCC provides funds for pediatric cancer research and community education.

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Fighting Childhood Leukemia

The Fighting Childhood Leukemia (FCL) program of NCC provides additional research funding for the single most common form of cancer in children, leukemia.  Childhood leukemias account for more than one-third of all new cases of childhood cancers.

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