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September 17, 2013

September is childhood cancer awareness month

INDIANAPOLIS-September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and State health officials want Hoosier parents to be aware of the risks and symptoms. Although childhood cancers are rare, representing less than one percent of all new cancer diagnoses, cancer is the second leading cause of death among children.

“Cancer is a dreaded diagnosis and is especially difficult when it strikes a child,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess. “Parents should be aware that early symptoms for cancer in children are usually nonspecific. It is important that children have regular medical checkups and that parents address any unusual symptoms that persist.”

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be nearly 12,000 new cancer diagnoses among children (0-14 years) this year in the United States. Fortunately, with recent advances in cancer treatment, long-term survival rates for children continue to improve. Childhood cancers can be treated by a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, chosen based on the type and stage of cancer.

Children should have annual well-child exams during which their health care provider will ask about any unusual symptoms. Parents should discuss any of the following symptoms with a health care provider:

* Unusual mass or swelling

* Prolonged, unexplained fever or illness

* Unexplained paleness or loss of energy

* Frequent headaches, especially if accompanied by vomiting

* Sudden tendency to bruise

* Sudden eye or vision changes

* Persistent, localized pain

* Excessive, rapid weight loss

To learn more about childhood cancer in Indiana, visit the Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures 2012 report, a comprehensive report on the burden of cancer in Indiana, by visiting www.indianacancer.org.

Organizations interested in impacting the burden of cancer in Indiana should participate in the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC). The ICC is a statewide network of partnerships whose mission is to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana through the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive plan that address cancer across the continuum from prevention through palliation. Participation in the ICC is open to all organizations and individuals interested in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, quality of life, data collection and advocacy regarding cancer-related issues. To become a member of the ICC and find additional information about cancer prevention and control in Indiana, visit the ICC’s website at www.indianacancer.org.

For more information, visit www.StateHealth.in.gov. Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

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