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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By PYB Health
Thursday, September 23, 2021

September is the month the world turns gold! Gold is the awareness colour for childhood cancer and is acknowledged around the world. Many buildings, monuments, and attractions often go gold in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A Niagara Falls photographer captured the famous attraction being lit gold to support the awareness month earlier this month.

According to Cancer Research UK, around 1 in 5 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 14, wherein 50% of these cases are in children aged between 0 and 4. Cancer symptoms in children can be difficult to spot as they can be similar to common childhood illnesses. Thanks to past campaigns, most of us know now that lumps and persistent coughs can be symptoms of cancer in adults. However, a recent survey shared that over 60% of adults are not confident in spotting the signs of cancer in children which is thought to be the main reason why serious cancer diagnoses are increasing.

The following are several signs and symptoms to look out for in children that could be a sign of cancer:

  • Feeling fatigue and/or pale skin
  • Persistent infections in ear, throat, and chest
  • Sweating or high temperature, especially at night
  • Unexplained weakness in legs
  • Feeling a lump or seeing swelling anywhere on the body
  • Bruising easily or having a rash
  • Weight loss
  • Slowed growth
  • Changes to moles (shape, colour, symmetry)
  • Changes to eyes (a white glow can usually be seen in pictures)

 

These symptoms can also be associated with other common child illnesses, so it is best to stay calm if your child develops any of the above. If you become worried about your child’s health, please talk to your GP.  To read more about childhood cancer, please click here.

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