Some childhood and adolescent cancer patients and survivors may be at risk for bullying because they appear or act differently due to the effect of their disease or treatment. CAC2 commits to supporting those who have been hurt or harmed, to treating others with kindness, to accepting people’s differences, and to helping include those who are left out.
Bullying in the Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Community
Some childhood and adolescent cancer patients and survivors may be at risk for bullying because they appear or act differently due to the effect of their disease or treatment. Children and adolescents who have or have had cancer are much more likely (more than 60%) to face bullying than their healthy classmates.
Bullying, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), is aggressive behavior where someone intentionally and repeatedly injures another person or causes them discomfort. It can be physical contact, but also manifests as taunting words or social exclusion. The person being bullied doesn’t cause the bullying and may be unable to defending him or herself.
The APA goes on to say that cyberbullying, bullying that happens through online interactions, is also a problem. Cyberbullying might include sending hurtful or threatening messages, spreading rumors, or posting embarrassing photos of others.
- US National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
- Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
- Government Information and Statistics on Bullying
Calls to Action
- Share this Public Service Announcement with friends, family, school boards, local law enforcement and mental health associations, your legislative representatives and celebrities.
- Use the map above to locate the nearest CAC2 member organizations and contact them asking how you can best support the needs of children/adolescent with cancer in your community.
- Help our coalition grow: If you are familiar with local childhood cancer organizations missing from our map, please ask them to contact CAC2 to learn more about the value of membership.
- Mark September 1-30 on your calendar as International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
- Had a grandchild diagnosed? Learn more about Grandparents In Action.
- Phone today and book a blood donation appointment. Cancer patients 18 and under can require 5-8 units of blood per week of intensive treatment to stay alive.
- Sign an organ donation and/or get swabbed as a stem cell donor.
- Let us know about any landmarks or buildings in your area that have illuminated in honor of a cause or charity.
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