Childhood Cancer

COMMON CHILDHOOD CANCERS IN GHANA

  • Lymphomas (cancer of lymphoid tissues)
  • Leukemia (cancer of the blood cells)
  • Retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye)
  • Nephroblastoma (cancer of the kidney)
  • Cancer of the muscles or bones in different parts of the body
  • Brain cancers

EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER

The following may be early signs of cancer in children. Others result in similar symptoms and signs but it is better to take the child for examination.

  • EYE

A white spot in the eye, new squint, worsening vision, bulging eyeball or persistent redness.

  • LUMPS

Swelling or lumps in any parts of the body such as: the head, neck, limbs, abdomen, testes or jaws.

  • UNEXPLAINED FEVER

Unexplained fever for over two weeks, loss of weight, pallor, tiredness, easy bruising or bleeding.

  • ACHING

Persistent pain in bones or joints. Bones that break easily.

  • NEUROLOGICAL

Change or deterioration in walking, balance or speech

Headache for more than two weeks with or without vomiting

Enlarging head


WHERE TO SEEK HELP IF YOUR CHILD HAS CANCER

There are currently two cancer treatment centers in Ghana:

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi

  • Remember childhood cancer is curable.
  • Early reporting can save your child’s life.
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