Those daunting words a parent never wants to hear “your child has cancer”, can be life changing, and often as much as we safeguard our families, cancer doesn’t discriminate. Even the tiniest of babies can develop cancer and leave parents feeling helpless. Can you do anything as far as prevention for pediatric cancer? Yes and no. While some forms of cancer come along with birth, some form later in life for reasons even the finest oncologists cannot comprehend. You can however, become educated about the signs and symptoms of cancer in children, and when you spot more than one of the warning signs, take your child in for an exam with your medical provider.
Feeling a tumor growing in your body often causes pain, and rightfully so. Depending on the location, type, and size of the tumor, your child could be in a significant amount of pain rather quickly. It usually begins with an ache or pain occasionally, then as the tumor begins to settle in the body, the child typically complains of localized pain in one spot where the tumor may be and just a simple over the counter medication usually isn’t enough to decrease their pain level.