Cancer strikes more than 9,000 children a year, making it important to pay attention to your child's possible symptoms.
Cancers in children and adolescents belong mainly to four groups: leukemias, lymphomas, sarcomas and gliomas.
Fever, chills, appetite loss, aching bones or joints are just some of the symptoms that could be signs of cancer in your child.
The following mnemonic was developed by the American Cancer Society to help clinicians remember the early warning signs of childhood cancer.
● Continued, unexplained weight loss
● Headaches with vomiting in the morning
● Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones or joints, sometimes accompanied by limping
● Lump or mass in abdomen, neck, or elsewhere
● Development of a whitish appearance in the pupil of the eye or sudden changes in vision
● Recurrent fevers not caused by infections
● Excessive bruising or bleeding (often sudden)
● Noticeable paleness or prolonged tiredness
Listen in as Dr. Kathleen Neville discusses how to recognize symptoms in your child that could indicate the presence of cancer.