Cancer in Children and Young people

Definitely a topic we would prefer not to think about, but so very important. 

Not so rare

Cancer is the biggest non-accidental cause of death of children in the UK.

 

This means that other than accidents, more children die from cancer than any other cause.

Childhood cancers are different to adult cancers in most cases, and respond in different ways to treatment. Children are not just mini adults. 

Childhood cancer types

The newest figures from the Office of National statistics have been released, saying that survival rates have improved but what does this really mean?

Today, an educational modul was released bythe Royal College of GeneralPractice, called Cancer in children and young people. It was funded jointly by Clic Sargent and the Teenage Cancer Trust, but we are proud to have helped in its development.

As we mentioned in our last blog, childhood cancer survival rates are improving overall, but more so in some areas than others. Researchers and doctors have worked so hard to achieve this progress however, and we must not forget that. 

Every year, around 4,000 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. 1 in every 285 children and young people receive this devastating diagnosis before their 19th birthday.

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at the struggles that childhood cancer sufferers face, and the statistics that for some children are stacked against them.

I have been asked by a few people about the theory behind the awareness cards and whether we truly think they will make a difference.  I have no doubt they will if we can roll them out far enough the scheme could potentially have a large impact.

When a child is diagnosed, parents cling to the survival rates for their child's cancer type. Understandably, every parent (including myself before my daughter, Grace, died) is desperate that their child will be a 'survivor.'
 

Our last blog looked at the facts and statistics associated with childhood cancer. In this blog, we are going to be looking at the symptoms and signs we should be aware of.

Cancer caused by a fault (or mutation) happening in one of the cells of the body. These cells then grow out of control and then spread. This is cancer.
The cells are so aggressive that the body cannot stop them spreading.