UNDERSTANDING CHILD CANCER ON INTERNATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER DAY

INTERNATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER DAY
The term “childhood cancer” is referred to cases of cancer that occurs in children below the age of 18 years. Cancer by its name is a serious disease, especially if it is diagnosed in children and facing to fight against childhood cancer is something nobody wants to experience. The effects on children of the disease is as fatal and debilitating as in adults.

International Childhood Cancer Day is observed on the 15th of February every year and is a global initiative campaign to raise awareness on childhood cancer, highlight the needs for more equitable and better needs for treatment and care for children and to express support for children and even adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families.

FREQUENT TYPES AND THE KNOWN RISKS FACTORS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER

The pattern of cancer in children totally differs from the ones in other age groups. Leukemia represents one third of the cases in childhood cancer, whereas, lymphomas and tumors of the central nervous system are the other two major types.

As far as the risk factors are concerned, only a few definite causes have been identified like radiation exposure and ingestion of hormone diethylstilbestrol during pregnancy. Genetic factors also contribute majorly in cases of childhood cancers. Studies conducted on the subject have also revealed that viruses like Hepatitis B, Human Herpes and HIV also contributes to the risk on some cases. Also, nutritional deficits with poor and unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits also leads to the development of cancer in children.

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