Warning Signs for Child Cancer


Warning Signs for Child Cancer

By Stefan Rust

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. During which the Cancer Association of Namibia will have media campaigns about cancer awareness. Namibia will be the first African country to join in the ‘Yellow and Gold in the fight against Childhood Cancer’ campaign.

We at Pack Safari would love to participate in this with an awareness campaign. Here is  a list of warning signs parents should be looking out for with their children. Awareness saves lives.

So what are the warning signs parents should be looking out for?

  • Continued and unexplained weight loss;
  • Headaches, often with vomiting early in the evening or early morning especially;
  • Increased swelling or pain in bones, joints, back and legs;
  • Lumps or masses/growths in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis and armpits;
  • Developments of excessive bruising, bleeding, rashes or constant infections;
  •  Also look out for a whitish color behind the pupils in the eyes;
  • A very common warning sign is constant tiredness and noticeable paleness;
  • And also recurrent fevers of unknown origin should be noted carefully.