According to cansa.org.za between 800 to 1000 South African Children are diagnosed with cancer every year. However, it’s estimated that half of the children with cancer in South Africa are never diagnosed. This is because there’s a lack of knowledge regarding the disease and how it presents in children. As a result, many children are diagnosed too late diminishing the possibility of successful treatment.
According to the South African Medical Journal the overall survival rates for childhood cancer in South Africa is very low compared to international data. Many childhood cancers are treatable with success rates of between 70% and 80% in well-resourced countries while the overall survuval rate for South Africa is only at 52.1%, according to a 2014 research paper.
Look out for these early warning signs and symptoms of childhood cancer:
Print this chart out and keep it on your fridge or in your handbag for a quick and easy reference. While most of these symptoms are more likely to be caused by an injury or an infection, it’s best to get your little one checked out right away.