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7 most common cancer found in kids and their symptoms

CANCER- A FATAL ILLNESS:

We wish Cancer was just a Zodiac sign. But reality is hard. Whoever deals with Cancer, has a tough time in life. Once you have a disease like cancer, you look at things differently. Things that are important seems no longer important. But when a kid is diagnosed with cancer, it makes thing 10x more difficult. As a matter of fact, cancer is the number one disease killer of kids in the U.S.A. The National Cancer Institute declared that more than 15,000 people in the U.S. aged younger than 149 are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year.

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Cancer starts a battle and it’s upon us to finish it by finding the best possible way for recovery. One should be always cautious about different symptoms and various types of common cancer in kinds. Here is a collection of 7 most common kinds of cancer in kinds-

Leukemia

Leukemia affects our bone marrow and blood, making it difficult to contain. The American Cancer society revealed that Leukemia accounts for around 30-percent of all childhood cancers.

Symptoms- joint pain, weakness, pale skin, bleeding, and more.

 

Rhabdomyosarcoma

This is a type of sarcoma cancer which develops from connective tissues in the body such as muscles, fat, bones, and the linings of joints or blood vessels. About 40-percent of cases in children are found in the head and neck or in the eye sockets.

Symptoms- a lump that can be seen or felt – it may or may not be painful. Bleeding from the nose, vagina, rectum or throat. Tingling, numbness, pain and loss of movement, if the tumour presses on nerves in the area.

7 most common cancer found in kids and their symptoms

7 most common cancer found in kids and their symptoms

Neuroblastoma

Around 6% of childhood cancers are neuroblastomas. This type of cancer happens to infants and young children. It is found in the small glands of the kidneys. The tumour can start from anywhere but it usually starts with the belly.

Symptoms- Fatigue, loss of appetite and fever. Also, lumps in the affected area.

 

Lymphomas

This cancer affects our white blood cells known as lymphocytes, which play an important role in our immune system. It usually   starts in lymph nodes and other lymph tissues, like the tonsils or thymus.

Symptoms- Weight loss, fever, sweats, tiredness (fatigue), and lumps (swollen lymph nodes) under the skin in the neck, armpit, or groin.
Brain and spinal cord tumors

Probably the most common type of cancers that happens to children. Most brain tumours usually start from the cerebellum or brain stem. It makes up for around 26% of childhood cancers.

Symptoms-   Headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred or double vision, dizziness, seizures, trouble walking or handling objects

 

Wilms tumor

This type of cancer starts from kidney.  Also known as nephroblastoma, it is found mostly in children of 3-4 years old. Wilms tumor often become very large even before they are noticed.

Symptoms- Swelling in belly, fever, pain, nausea, or poor appetite

 

Retinoblastoma

As the name suggests, it is a cancer for eyes which accounts for about 2% of childhood cancers. It is usually found when a children’s eye looks unusual or strange.

Symptoms- Lazy eye, eye pain, a different color in each iris, white pupillary reflex

As we can notice, childhood cancer rates have raised dramatically over the past 40 years. The best way to fight a cancer is to detect it early and achieve the best way of cure.

Source- Active beat

 

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