International Childhood Cancer Day on 15 February is aimed at making everyone aware of how they can help to reduce the global burden of cancer.
Statistics published by CANSA have stated that between 800 and 1 000 South African children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer each year.
Educating the public on the symptoms of Childhood Cancer is vital. The chances of survival can be as high as 77% if childhood cancers are detected early. This indicates that if detected early, most children can be treated successfully.
These are the warning signs which could be an indication of cancer; however these symptoms could be indicators of other illnesses but if one or more of the following symptoms persist, seek medical assistance immediately.