Child­hood can­cer

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

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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.

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