Journée internationale du cancer chez l’enfant

International Childhood Cancer Day

International Childhood Cancer Day

Cancer is a disease that affects many people around the world, including children. Every year, February 15 is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of cancer in children, it is International Childhood Cancer Day.

This day aims to inform the public about the different types of cancer that affect children, the symptoms to watch for and the treatments available. It is also an opportunity to support children with cancer and their families, as well as health professionals who work in this field.

Types of cancer in children

  • Leukemia: This is the most common cancer in children. It affects blood cells and bone marrow.
  • Brain tumors: These tumors can grow in different parts of the brain and cause symptoms such as headaches, vision problems, and balance problems.
  • Neuroblastoma: This is a tumor that develops from nerve cells and can appear in different parts of the body, such as the adrenal glands, neck, chest or abdomen.
  • Retinoblastoma: This is a cancer of the retina, which can lead to vision loss or blindness if not treated promptly.

Symptoms of cancer in children

It's important to know the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer so you can detect them early. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Joint or bone pain
  • Prolonged fever
  • Frequent bruising or bleeding

If your child has any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to get an accurate diagnosis and begin appropriate treatment.

Support for children with cancer

Children with cancer need physical and emotional support throughout their treatment. They must also be surrounded by family and friends to help them through this difficult ordeal.

There are many organizations and associations that offer support to children with cancer and their families. They offer services such as accommodation, transportation, psychological support and recreational activities for children.

In conclusion, International Childhood Cancer Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about this disease and provide support to children with cancer and their families. It is essential to know the symptoms of cancer in children and to consult a doctor if in doubt. Together, we can fight childhood cancer and improve their quality of life.

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