Signs of Childhood Cancer

Published 02/21 2014 06:12PM

Updated 02/21 2014 06:31PM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - Cancer is actually rare in children,making up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. Still, it's the second leading cause of death in children, after accidents.
About 10,450 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer this year. More than 80 percent of them will survive five years or more.

Doctors say as it is with adults, early detection can be key to survival.
Cancer experts have come up with the acronym  "child cancer"  to let parents know what to look for.
Continued, unexplained weight loss,
Increased swelling or persistent pain ,
Lump or mass,
Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash
Constant infections,
A whitish color behind the pupil,
Nausea that persists or vomiting without nausea,
Constant tiredness or paleness,
Eye or vision changes
Recurring or persistent fevers
At Pediatric Healthcare Associates in Altoona, Dr. Nader Younes remembers one surprising case.  He says, "a baby 15 months old came for well visit . I was examining him and I found a  mass of the abdomen. It was a kind of cancer called   neuroblastoma."
Dr. Younes says that's why it's important for children to have routine exams.

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