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Kids With Cancer Information

  • This community's purpose is to provide a place for parents and kids with cancer to support each other. Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues...
  • Cancer can occur in young children and adolescents, but it is rare. Pediatric cancers, especially leukemia, are on an upward trend. Though some studies have not shown this, others done over a longer scale of time have so indicated.

    The age of peak incidence of cancer in children occurs during the first year of life. Leukemia (usually ALL) is the most common infant malignancy (30%), followed by the central nervous system cancers and neuroblastoma. The remainder consists of Wilms' tumor, lymphomas, rhabdomyosarcoma (arising from muscle), retinoblastoma, osteosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma.

    Female and male infants have essentially the same overall cancer incidence rates, but white infants have substantially higher cancer rates than black infants for most cancer types. Relative survival for infants is very good for neuroblastoma, Wilms' tumor and retinoblastoma, and fairly good (80%) for leukemia, but not for most other types of cancer.

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The medical community has long known that cancer risk lies both in our environment and in our genes. Many of the lifestyle choices we make, including the foods we eat and whether or not we smoke, can play a key role in determining whether or not we get cancer. But our genes play a key role and can also set us up to be at higher risk of getting ... Read More »
Many have experienced the mental and emotional benefits of mindfulness training. The techniques help with relaxation during stressful times and push individuals to become more attentive to their bodies, their emotions and the environment around them. Those with life-altering diseases like cancer have found these techniques useful in calming the ... Read More »
On Sharecare we’ve got your health news covered with updates on the Ebola virus, four tricks to reduce hair loss and how exercise can help you fend off breast cancer.
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