Early warning signs of common childhood cancers you need to know about

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Between 800 and 1000 South African children are diagnosed with cancer annually.
Between 800 and 1000 South African children are diagnosed with cancer annually.

Despite technological and medical paediatric advances, cancer remains a leading cause of mortality in children.

In an effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer, the annual Gold September campaign takes place worldwide to promote the early diagnosis of childhood cancer.

Early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment of early-stage disease, which translates into favourable outcomes and improved overall survival. 

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Focusing on non-communicable diseases such as childhood cancer and identifying these diseases early is a vital part of having the correct diagnostics and therapeutics. This also aids in ensuring the availability of supportive care to improve the overall survival of children with cancer.

With poverty barring many childrens' access to hospitals or essential diagnostic tests, and Covid-19 further testing South Africa's healthcare systems, the number of delays experienced in trying to achieve early diagnosis of childhood cancer is endless.

Therefore, this Golden September, it is important that more individuals are made aware of the signs that may save many lives.

Below are the Siluan Warning Signs for childhood cancer adopted by the South Africa Children's Cancer Study Group and the national Department of Health to promote early detection: 

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To improve the survival rate, more children and teens need to be diagnosed at early stages and treated by a paediatric oncologist.

If you are concerned your child may have cancer, please refer your child or teenager here.

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