Childhood cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death among children and adolescents in Mexico. The countrys cure rates are at least 30-40% lower than in the US, largely due to late diagnoses. Early detection is fundamental as it allows for an opportunity for timely treatment while the disease burden is in its earliest stages. This project aims to educate the public on childhood cancers earliest warning signs in order to decrease stigmas, increase public awareness and save lives!
Mexicos children face a tough battle against childhood cancer. Many children suffering from cancer will be diagnosed and treated in late stages of the disease, drastically minimizing their chances of healing. This is due to the deficiency of readily available information and education about childhood cancers early warning signs. Unaware of cancers earliest symptoms, parents and caretakers are unable to act in time, resulting in late visits to the doctor and even later referrals to hospitals.
Early detection saves lives, patients with stage 1 or 2 disease have a better prognosis than those with stage 3 or 4. This project aims to offer caretakers the right information for a correct and prompt decision regarding a potential risk of childhood cancer, preventing delays and misdiagnoses. The information will be permanently displayed in daycare centers and playgrounds throughout Mexico City, reaching the families that daily interact and play in these spaces.
The initiative will increase awareness and knowledge of the symptoms of childhood cancer amongst school staff, parents, park visitors and children! This will allow for early referrals, early diagnoses and we expect the beginning of an appropriate treatment regimen. These conditions will lead to a decrease in the number of deaths of children and young people with cancer. Early detection will save lives!