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Having a diagnosis of cancer in children is devastating for parents, the simple fact of knowing that their child has a disease that is sometimes fatal and that will also mean going through complicated treatment makes many parents feel worse.
The lack of information and ignorance also cause them to form false myths about childhood cancer. On our site we help fight these false beliefs about cancer in children.
Cancer is the name given to a series of diseases that share a number of common characteristics. There are more than 100 types of cancer and it starts when some cells grow out of control and end up forming tumors.
When tumors enter the bloodstream, they can acquire the ability to invade other organs in the human body. Some common symptoms of cancer in childhood are:
- Severe headaches.
- Prolonged fever with no apparent cause.
- Abnormal abdominal swelling.
- Tiredness, weight loss.
- Frequent infections.
- Feeling of cold.
1. Childhood cancer has a worse prognosis in low-income countries: late detection of cancer, shortages in hospitals and little access to treatment mean that in underdeveloped environments there is higher mortality.
2. The most common cancer in childhood is leukemia: it accounts for a third of all childhood cancers. The next most common is lymphoma and a tumor in the central nervous system.
3. Some common cancers in adults hardly affect children: breast, lung, or colon cancer are very rare in children.
4. The best treatment is early diagnosis: detecting the disease in its early stages is essential for the cure of childhood cancer.
1. Cancer in children is not cured: about 80% of cancer in children is cured. They are children who survive for five years or more after diagnosis.
2. Cancer is a common disease in children: quite the contrary, it is rare. The worldwide rates of children affected by this disease range between 50 and 200 children per million.
3. Cancer is contagious: It is not spread like a cold, it can only pass from person to person in the case of organ and tissue transplants. If the child has received an organ from a donor with cancer, he or she may have a higher future risk of developing a cancer related organ. However, the risk of this happening is very low.
4. There are alternative herbs and medicinal treatments that cure cancer: absolutely not. There is no homeopathic product capable of curing cancer.
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