Given the prevalence of cancer in the world today, your child likely knows someone with cancer and has many questions. Approximately 40% of people will have cancer at some point in their lives and 20% will die as a result of cancer. Fortunately treatments today are far more effective than they were just a couple of decades ago. If your not sure how to discuss the science of cancer with your child, I encourage you to watch this short YouTube video produced by BrainCraft.
This is a short, 6 minute video, that explains the very basics of cancer. Obviously it doesn't get into the details and it isn't cancer-type specific, but for an introductory discussion on the basics of cancer, this video does a fantastic job.
Like I said, we all know someone with cancer and anyone with kids knows that they ask many, many questions. Sometimes we, as parents, don't have the answers and need help. This video provides that help on this topic. Cancer is a fact of life and something that is less scary when the facts are known.