It’s always important to be vigilant about your child’s health and educating yourself about the symptoms and signs of childhood cancer can help enable you to be prepared in case of a diagnosis. Sometimes, the early signs can be mistaken for other conditions or diseases. But luckily, with a good understanding of childhood cancer, families can know when to get a professional opinion if a child is experiencing symptoms. Before diving into childhood cancer symptoms, it may be beneficial to understand what this type of cancer is and how it works.
Childhood cancers occur when a child's healthy cells undergo a genetic mutation that causes them to change and grow uncontrollably and form tumors. These tumors may form in different areas of the body based on the type of cancer.
While adult cancers may be the result of lifestyle and environmental factors, childhood cancers may be caused by changes within a cell that are often random and can't be anticipated. Cancer can manifest differently in the body's varying cells and tissues. Symptoms also vary based on what part of the body is affected.
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Childhood cancer is not very common. Unfortunately, it can still happen… Treatments for childhood cancers have improved. Most children with a cancer diagnosis will be treated successfully, thanks to medical advances and research. The treatment and prognosis vary substantially for different types of cancer.
Signs and symptoms of childhood cancer depend on the type of cancer and where it starts. Here are some general symptoms that parents and caregivers may want to look out for:1
Is your child displaying symptoms linked to childhood cancer? Make an appointment with your doctor and discuss the symptoms or changes you've observed. Remember that many of the early symptoms of childhood cancer could also indicate another disease or medical condition. Since childhood cancers are generally rare, the symptoms may likely be the result of a different issue. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to monitor your child's health and talk to a medical professional about any unusual developments or changes.
By knowing the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer, you and your family can be better prepared in case of the unexpected. Parents who know that cancer runs in the family or want an added financial safety net should consider applying for cancer insurance. The right type of plan can help provide additional coverage where your primary health insurance may fall short.
Aflac cancer insurance can help cover a wide range of cancer-related medical expenses, from treatments to surgery, tests, and more. You can even use the cash benefit to help with everyday expenses while your child is undergoing treatment, such as groceries and monthly bills. Aflac lets you choose from different levels of coverage to suit your family's needs. Contact an agent to learn more about your options and get a quote today.
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1 American Cancer Society - Finding Cancer in Children. Updated October 14, 2019. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/cancer-in-children/finding-childhood-cancers-early.html. Accessed August 9, 2023.
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