Childhood Cancer

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Fighting childhood cancer
Recognizing the warning signs of childhood cancer

Fighting childhood cancer


In 1962, only 4% of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) -- the most common form of childhood cancer -- survived. Today, the survival rate for ALL is 90%. Below are the five-year cancer survival rates both then and now:

Cancer
1962
2005

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Cancer of the Blood)

4%
90%

Hodgkin Disease (Cancer of Lymph Nodes

50%
90%

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (A Malignant Tumor)

7%
85%

Retinoblastoma (Cancer affecting Eyes)

75%
95%

Neuroblastoma (Cancer of Peripheral Nervous Tissue)

10%
55%

Wilms Tumor (Cancer of the Kidney)

50%
90%

Osteosarcoma (Bone Cancer)

20%
65%

Rhabdomyosarcoma (Solid Tumor Affecting Muscles)

30%
70%

Ewing Sarcoma (Type of Bone Cancer)

5%
65%

Medulloblastoma (Type of Brain Tumor)

10%
75%
Source: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 800.822.6344

Recognizing the warning signs of childhood cancer


How does a parent distinguish between a relatively minor illness and a serious illness such as cancer? If a child has any of the following symptoms that are persistent, seek medical attention. Of course, these symptoms can occur for reasons other than serious illness. Do not hesitate to seek second opinions if a doctor is not able to determine the cause.

Because children may ignore or not recognize symptoms of illness, or be too young to communicate them, parents or caretakers should make certain children have regular medical checkups and be alert to signs that indicate something might be seriously wrong.

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