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Poles don't have enough knowledge about childhood cancer

MedExpress Team

Published Feb. 23, 2024 09:59

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According to a survey commissioned by the Department of Oncology and Oncologic Surgery for Children and Adolescents at the Institute of Mother and Child in Warsaw, 59% of adult Poles say they do not have enough knowledge about childhood cancer. In turn, 20% of those surveyed are unable to name any symptom of oncological disease in children. That's why the (P)show your heart campaign is being launched, which aims not only to raise awareness, but also to start a public discussion about the need for prompt diagnosis and treatment of cancer among the youngest patients.

Cancer in children is still a topic that is little known to most of the public. Up to 1,200 new cases are diagnosed each year, meaning that one in 600 children will receive a diagnosis of an oncological disease. They give completely different symptoms than those diagnosed in adults, and they also develop much faster. As explained by Professor Anna Raciborska, Head of the Department of Oncology and Oncologic Surgery of Children and Adolescents at the Mother and Child Institute - depending on the type of cancer, the rate of its development may vary, but usually in children the disease cells multiply much faster than in adults. Consequently, at the time of diagnosis, it often turns out that the disease is already at an advanced stage. That is why it is so important to recognize its symptoms quickly. 

What should you pay attention to?

Early diagnosis of cancer in children can be difficult, as clinical symptoms are highly variable and depend mainly on the type, location, stage and growth rate of the cancer. The onset of the disease is sometimes uncharacteristic or very discrete, moreover, its symptoms are often con...

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