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Article date: December 16, 2015

Graphic Novels Tackle Cancer Topics

By Stacy Simon

Understanding cancer can be tough for anyone, but this complicated disease can be even harder to explain to children and teenagers. The American Cancer Society Medikidz series of graphic novels uses superhero medical experts and cartoon cancer cells to help young readers understand what causes cancer and how it is diagnosed and treated.


For example, in one of the books in the series, What’s Up with Tiffany’s Dad? Medikidz Explain Melanoma, skin cells begin behaving badly and turn into melanoma, a dangerous type of skin cancer that grows and spreads quickly.

Five superheroes called the Medikidz swoop in to explain to Tiffany in clear and simple language what is wrong with her father and what the doctors are doing to treat his cancer. After he recovers, Tiffany uses her new knowledge to remind him to wear sunscreen and get regular skin checks from the dermatologist.

The series is geared toward teens and tweens, although younger children and adults may also appreciate the use of appropriate humor, colorful comic-book style and easy-to-understand language. Storylines include children like Tiffany who are coping with parents who have cancer, and children who have cancer themselves. Titles are produced in both English and Spanish.

Medikidz books for children with cancer

Medikidz books for children whose family member has cancer

The American Cancer Society co-published the books with Medikidz, Ltd. The Medikidz company was started by two pediatricians in England who saw the need for more child-friendly information to explain complicated medical information to their young patients. A former Marvel comic book writer and illustrator designs the books, and doctors and nurses make sure the content is medically accurate.

The American Cancer Society’s books for children are written for various ages, to help reduce some of the fear surrounding diagnosis, treatment and side-effects of cancer. The Medikidz books and other children’s books are available through the American Cancer Society’s online bookstore.

Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff

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