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Are Childhood cancers different from Adult Cancers?

Are Childhood cancers different from Adult Cancers? What are the symptoms? Can Childhood cancers be prevented?

Childhood cancers different from Adult Cancers

Childhood cancers or Paediatric cancers are biologically different from adult cancers. They grow faster than most adult cancers.
Factors which trigger cancer or cause childhood cancers are different from those causing adult cancers, for example, smoking a leading cause of adult lung cancer is not a cause for childhood lung cancer.
Most Paediatric cancers are nonhereditary and happen due to genetic mutations of growing up cells, though pollution, exposure to radiation, chemicals are also contributory factors in a few cases.
The most common childhood cancer is Leukemia or Blood Cancer. Of all types of blood cancers, ALL is the most common one. It affects children in the age group of 2-6 years.
Other common pediatric cancers are tumors of the brain, retinoblastoma, neuroblastoma, lymphoma, tumors of the kidney, tumors of the adrenal gland, sarcomas, bone tumors etc.
Symptoms of Childhood Cancers:
  • Unusually High Fever
  • Bruise marks or blue marks on the body
  • Prolonged fever with no established cause
  • Unusually pale pallor
  • Loss of energy
  • Getting bruised  too easily
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unusual Growth, lump in the body
  • Frequent headaches with or without vomiting
  • Limping
  • Unexplained pain in the body, all over or in a specific part
  • Bone Pain
  • Problem with vision
 Though some of these symptoms can be attributed to other reasons such as infections if you notice any of these symptoms it would be prudent to visit the doctor and get a thorough checkup and evaluation.
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