Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Just like adults, children can fight the same battle against cancer. Children can get cancer in the same body parts as adults, however there are differences. Childhood cancers can occur suddenly and without any early symptoms. Fortunately, children seem to have a high rate of cure. Children tend to respond better to treatments. A child’s body tends to handle chemotherapy better than adult bodies do. Childhood cancers are often the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life, sometimes even before birth.

Some of the most common cancers in children include: 

  • Leukemia
  • Brain and other nervous system tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Wilms tumor
  • Lymphoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Bone cancer

 Cancer symptoms in children are very hard to recognize. This is mainly due to the similarities of other more common illness’s or injuries children experience. Children often get sick or have bumps or bruises. This might mask the early signs of cancer. Parents should be sure that their children have regular medical check-ups. Parents need to watch for unusual signs or symptoms that do not go away. These include: 

  • An unusual lump or swelling
  • Paleness and loss of energy
  • Easy bruising
  • An ongoing pain in one area of the body
  • Limping
  • Unexplained fever or illness that doesn’t go away
  • Frequent headaches, often with vomiting
  • Sudden eye or vision changes
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss

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