Childhood cancer, when detected at early stage, can be cured 80% of the time. However, many patients are diagnosed at a later stage because most of the initial signs and symptoms that indicate a cancer are similar to the signs and symptoms of other childhood diseases. This project has two main goals: raise awareness of these symptoms within the community and train healthcare professionals to investigate these symptoms in order to increase the chances of an early diagnosis.
Childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. When diagnosed early enough, the cure rate is approximately 80%. However, most children are diagnosed at a later stage since most symptoms indicating a childhood cancer are similar to the symptoms of other childhood diseases. By training healthcare professionals to detect these early symptoms, and by training them how to act upon this detection, children suffering from cancer will have a higher chance of being cured.
This project aims at training healthcare professionals to detect the early signs and symptoms of childhood cancer, focusing on the detection itself and also on the diagnostic exams that should be requested in order to confirm a neoplastic process. Awareness will also be raised within the community so that parents and teachers know what to do in case they observe similar signs and symptoms.
Trained health care professionals will be able to detect childhood malignancies at an earlier stage and direct the patients to their appropriate treatment. Detecting childhood cancers early enough have a direct impact on prognosis, with cure rates reaching 80%. Moreover, the treatment tends to be less agressive when the cancer is diagnosed earlier, reducing the risk of long term effects due to chemotherapy.