September is childhood cancer awareness month
Childhood cancer awareness month takes place every September, and Southampton Hospital Charity wants to help raise awareness of childhood cancer, how it affects families, as well as some of the signs and symptoms that parents need to be aware off.
Around 2,400 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK.
That's around six every day.
Signs of cancer (or another illness) include:
- An unusual lump or swelling
- Unexplained paleness and loss of energy
- Easy bruising
- An ongoing pain in one area of the body
- Unexplained fever or illness that doesn't go away
- Frequent headaches, often with vomiting
- Sudden eye or vision changes
If you know of anyone presenting with similar symptoms then make sure you see your GP straight away.
Piam Brown Unit
The Southampton Piam Brown Unit is the regional paediatric oncology and haematology centre for the Wessex region.
It cares for children from birth to 16 years of age with all types of cancer, and aims to care and support the child and the whole family.
The ten bed inpatient ward provides 24 hour care for children and their families and has a well established shared care system with other local hospitals across the region, enabling families to receive some treatment closer to home. More information about the Piam Brown ward can be found here
Fundraising for the unit
The Piam Brown Unit have recently refurbished the playroom and schoolroom for the benefit of the patients. Our next big fundraising project is to raise money to refurbish the kitchen area for the parents who are staying on the unit with their children going through treatment.
Please donate to the ward that gives so much to families who are going through cancer treatment.
You can call 023 8120 8881 or write a cheque to Piam Brown Ward, and send to Southampton Hospital Charity, Mailpoint 135, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD.
Thank you for your support.