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Childhood Cancer

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About – Childhood Cancer

According to Cancer Research UK:

  • Cancer symptoms can be similar to those of other childhood illnesses.
  • Children develop different types of cancers than adults but they often have the same types of treatments.
  • In the UK around 1,900 children (aged 0 – 14 years) get diagnosed with cancer each year. This number includes non cancerous (benign) brain tumours.
  • Children’s cancer is much less common than adult cancer.

Signs and symptoms of childhood cancers 

Cancer symptoms can be very similar to those of other childhood illnesses.

Remember the symptoms we list here are not usually cancer but don’t be afraid to ask for further tests if you think there is something really wrong with your child. 

See your child’s doctor if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • they’re unable to wee or have blood in their wee
  • an unexplained lump, firmness or swelling anywhere in the body
  • tummy (abdominal) pain or swelling that doesn’t go away
  • back or bone pain that doesn’t go away, or pain that wakes your child up in the night
  • unexplained seizures (fits) or changes in their behaviour and mood
  • headaches that don’t go away
  • frequent or unexplained bruising or a rash of small red or purple spots that can’t be explained
  • unusual paleness
  • feeling tired all the time
  • frequent infections or flu-like symptoms
  • unexplained vomiting (being sick)
  • unexplained high temperature (fever) or sweating
  • feeling short of breath
  • changes in the appearance of the eye or unusual eye reflections in photos

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