Childhood cancer is rare, and the chances of recovery are excellent – especially if it is spotted and diagnosed early. Make sure you’re aware of what to look out for
SEPTEMBER IS International Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
Even though we don’t really want to mention children and cancer in the same breath, you still need to be able to recognise the symptoms. This is because the earlier the disease is detected and diagnosed, the better the chances for successful treatment.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) has been leading the fight against this disease in South Africa since the early 1930s. It warns that it is of utmost importance that the early warning signs of childhood cancer are known, so that the disease can be spotted in time for treatment to begin as soon as possible.
Childhood cancers share symptoms with other illnesses, but if your child has two or more of the symptoms that just will not go away, you should consult your doctor immediately.
Children with cancer need the right treatment, preferrably at a paediatric oncology unit.
Cansa’s awareness programme is aimed at bringing the early signs to our attention. See the box on the next page for an easy way to remember what the warning signs are.