Cancer symptoms depend on the type of cancer and where it is in the body. They can also be quite vague, varied and are usually caused by something other than cancer. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer as the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the more successful treatment might be.
Identifying cancer in children is difficult as symptoms can be the same as for many childhood illnesses, viruses and conditions. Children generally recover quite quickly from illnesses so it may be that a child simply does not get better as quickly as they should and this needs investigating.
It can be particularly hard to diagnose and can cause a number of different symptoms including persistent headaches, dizziness, seizures, clumsiness and being sick when waking up in the morning.
It usually affects young children under the age of six years old with symptoms such as a white glow in the eye (usually seen in photos) or other eye changes.
This information was written by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG)
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