Can children get cancer?

According to Cansa, between 800 and 1 000 South African children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with cancer each year. If detected early, most children can be treated successfully. Children with cancer need to receive the right treatment and preferably this should be done in a pediatric oncology unit.

Warning signs for childhood cancer:

  • Continued, unexplained weight loss
  • Headaches with vomiting in the morning
  • Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones or joints, sometimes accompanied by limping
  • Lump or mass in abdomen, neck, or elsewhere
  • Development of a whitish appearance in the pupil of the eye or sudden changes in vision
  • Recurrent fevers not caused by infections
  • Excessive bruising or bleeding (often sudden)
  • Noticeable paleness or prolonged tiredness