Do You Know The Signs Of Cancer In Children?
Cancer rates in children are on the rise
Just a couple days after World Cancer Day, but that doesn’t mean we should stop educating ourselves on the severity of the disease. The American Cancer Society released a report which concluded that cancer rates in children are rising at 0.6% a year since 1975. The report also states that in 2014, an estimated 15,780 children in the US will be diagnosed with cancer with approximately 1,960 dying from the disease. Not necessarily the greatest news for parents. However, more children are kicking cancer in the ‘you know what’ due to early detection. I cannot stress how important it is to know the signs, so that you can get the proper treatment early. Here are some symptoms to look out for:
Fatigue. If your child complains about extreme tiredness, even when getting enough sleep, it might be time to call the doctor, especially if loss of color occurs.
Weight loss. Watch for persistent weight loss. It may not be cancer, but call the doctor just to be on the safe side.
New bruises. Look out for unexplainable marks, tiny bruises, and little dot-sized red spots called petechiae.
Lumps and bumps and swellings. Kids get bumps all the time, but any big lumps, bumps or swellings that don’t go away should be reported.
Severe pain. Aches and pains that prevent a child from participating in normal activities, or pain that wakes a child from their sleep is another sign.
Neurologic symptoms. Look for dizziness, weakness, vision problems, trouble with balance or coordination, memory problems or speech problems.
Frequent vomiting. This combined with headaches warrants a doctor’s attention.
Frequent fevers and/or infections. Is your child getting sick or getting fevers all the time? Might be a good time to talk with your doctor.
Information from the American Cancer Society