Pediatric Cancers: Warning Signs That You Should Take Note Of

Cancer is a condition where some cells of the body change its genetic structure and begin to divide uncontrollably. This mass of cells spread to the neighboring body parts and eventually results in death. 

Pediatric Cancers: Warning Signs That You Should Take Note Of

Cancer occurs in people of all ages. Child cancer usually manifests due to DNA changes that take place early in life. According to WHO, cancer is one of the leading causes of death and approximately 300,000 children between 0 to 19 years are diagnosed with various types of cancer every year. It is thus essential to take a note of the signs of cancer in toddlers.

Symptoms of Cancer In Children


Let’s look at common types of cancer and cancer symptoms in children. These symptoms are very similar to those of other childhood illnesses. Don’t jump to conclusions and consult your doctor if your child shows any of these symptoms. 

Leukemia:

Cancer that affects blood and bone marrow. Here are the signs of leukemia 

  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Bone and joint pain
  • Fatigue 
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained bleeding

Brain tumor:

Signs of brain tumor in children depend on the age of the child and the location of the tumor.

  • Frequent vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Vision, hearing or speech problems
  • Balance problems
  • In toddlers, a rapidly enlarging head

Liver cancer:

Hepatoblastoma is a common type of liver cancer in children.

  • Painless mass in the abdomen
  • Swelling and pain abdomen
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Dark urine
  • Fatigue 
  • Weakness
  • Anemia

Bone cancer:

Osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer in children, accounts for nearly 3% of all pediatric cancers.

  • Bone pain
  • Swelling and tenderness at the tumor site
  • Decreased movement of the affected limb
  • Pain with activity
  • Limping
  • Weakened bone, leading to fracture

Early detection of childhood cancer through preventive health checkups is a tool to combat cancer in its early stages. At this time there are better chances of effective treatment and survival.
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