Today is International Childhood Cancer Day. Every 15th of February, the whole world speaks and creates awareness about Childhood Cancer. We as a society tend to ignore and pay little attention to Childhood Cancer forgetting that kids can have cancer too! Thousands of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with cancer, but Kids cannot speak for themselves. It is time we as Kenyans, need to start paying more attention and help our children and their families because they are our future generation. Let us all join hands and fight childhood cancer because after all, cancer is beatable and curable.

The statistics on childhood cancer are:

215,000 cancers                                            85,000 cancers 

15 years and younger.                                 15-19 years

We at H4CK, are committed in making sure that kids that have been diagnosed with cancer in Kenya, get the help that they need. So far, H4CK has 291 children that are being catered for from all over the country. H4CK also makes it a priority to create awareness on childhood cancer as well as in making sure that kids with cancer in Kenya, and their families are assisted in any way that we can.

According to the American Cancer Society, the common types of cancer that occur in children are:

  • Leukemia
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Wilms tumor
  • Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Bone cancer (including Osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)

The other types of cancer do occur in children, however, they are very rare.

The causes of childhood cancer include the disease being caused from an inherited gene from either or both parents, and sometimes some environmental factors such as radiation exposure can cause some types of childhood cancers.

As explained in an acronym by the The Pediatric Oncology Resource Center, some of the signs and symptoms of Childhood Cancer are:

  • Continued, unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches, often with early morning vomiting
  • Increased swelling or persistent pain in the bones, joints, back, or legs
  • Lump or mass, especially in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpits
  • Development of excessive bruising, bleeding, or rash
  • Constant, frequent, or persistent infections
  • A whitish color behind the pupil
  • Nausea that persists or vomiting without nausea
  • Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness
  • Eye or vision changes that occur suddenly and persist
  • Recurring or persistent fevers of unknown origin

It is therefore critical for parents to pay attention and observe the behaviour of their children, that way if there are any signs of cancer, the diagnoses can happen early which will make the treatment more effective. #Together4kidswcancer, #Togethercreatingbetterfutures#ICCD, #InternationalChildhoodCancerDay


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