July: National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

craniofacial monthEach year in the United States, about 2,600 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,400 babies are born with a cleft lip, with or without a cleft palate. These numbers amount to over 7,000 U.S. babies being born with a clefts every year. These conditions, along with other birth defects of the head and face, are called craniofacial birth defects. Annually, July is observed as National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, a time for CDC and its partners to increase awareness and to better inform our communities about these conditions. During July, NCBDDD shared many resources to raise awareness about craniofacial birth defects:

-An announcement in the July 3rd issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which you can read here.

-Weekly Twitter messages. We invite you to comment, re-post, re-tweet and follow @CDC_NCBDDD!

We encourage you to share these resources with your colleagues and friends and continue to raise awareness about clefts and other craniofacial conditions not just in July but throughout the year. Thanks for your continued support and dedication to improving the lives of families and children affected by craniofacial conditions! For more information about National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, please visit http://www.nccapm.org/about.html.

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