The 98 Percent
We reported on a staggering study in our June/July newsletter, revealing that 98 percent of study participants - all adult survivors of childhood cancer - were found to have at least one chronic health condition. Just this week, WebMD featured a blog post about this study in a reminder to childhood cancer survivors to be vigilant about their health. This story was also covered by the Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report, among other sources.
Like the study's authors, we too find the 98 percent statistic to be "extraordinarily high" - and extraordinarily unacceptable. That's why we support the Childhood Cancer Survivors' Quality of Life Act. This bill was introduced in the House by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and in the Senate by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).
If you haven't yet asked your Congressman to cosponsor this important legislation, we urge you to do so now. (It only takes a minute!)
Are you a survivor? What's your experience with late effects? Share in the comments.