Pediatric cancer is a terrible blight upon the bright smiles of our world’s children. In order to properly help those that are afflicted, it would be important to arm yourself with proper knowledge about it. As such, we are going to be discussing three constant truths about childhood cancer.
Six is the number
By this we refer to the average age in which a child is diagnosed with cancer. While there are cancers that are diagnosed even earlier on in a child’s life—like those stemming from infancy—a majority of the diagnosis that successfully spots the existence of cancer is age six.
This means that there have been at least six years in which the illness has been given the opportunity to ravage the body of the afflicted.
There is still no definitive cure
What we all have is a variety of treatments which have a varied success rate. As the treatment necessary will depend on a case to case basis, they all have varied levels of success. Many argue that early detection is the key to successful remission. However, by the time that a diagnosis is made, the illness has already spread to other parts of the body.
A cure is still needed and we all need to consistently stay abreast of the latest developments in terms of treatments and ways to effectively diagnose cancer in its earliest stages.
It is a constant battle
1 out of 5 children who have been diagnosed with cancer do not survive. If they are fortunate enough to survive, they will require consistent checkups to ensure that the illness has not returned. Also, if they have undergone several treatments in order to beat cancer, by the time these children reach the age of thirty, they have a larger probability of already showing signs of chronic illnesses.
As there are so many of our children that has been affected and will continue to be affected by this illness, it would be ideal if our medical technology manages to catch up soon. Sadly, there are still too many types and subtypes of cancer—each requiring their own branch of research.