Updated 15 March 2017

SEE: Warning signs for childhood cancer

Early diagnosis and treatment increases the chances of survival. These are the warning signs which could be an indication of cancer.


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.



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CANSA’s purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa. Its mission is to be the preferred non-profit organisation that enables research, educates the public and provides support to all people affected by cancer. Questions are answered by CANSA’s Head of Health Professor Michael Herbst. For more information, visit

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