17 Sep Mahuru (September): Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Around the world Mahuru (September) is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. We wish to acknowledge and honour the tamariki (children) and whānau (family) who may be going through a cancer journey at present, who may have successfully beat cancer, and those who have sadly lost their battle with cancer.
- In Aotearoa New Zealand around 140-150 children are diagnosed with cancer each year.
- The five-year survival rate for those children is over 80%.
- Cancer services are delivered from two specialist centres (Starship in Auckland /CHOC in Christchurch) in conjunction with 14 shared care centres around the country.
- Clinical care provided by doctors, nurses and allied health professionals is supported by NGO partners such as the Child Cancer Foundation, CanTeen, and Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The National Child Cancer Network team wishes to thank you all for your contribution to this important mahi.