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child-cancerIt’s unimaginable — that the adorable, innocent mini-replica of yourself that you created may be seriously sick.

Childhood cancer can come as a shock to a family, particularly when the child has had no problems prior to birth and during early infancy. This was the case for Noel and Chevaughn Joseph, who lost their young son Jabez at the age of five to a rare form of cancer. They later founded the Just Because Foundation to raise awareness, provide support for children and promote the wellness of the entire family. Read more about the Foundation. Here, Noel and Chevaughn highlight a few signs to look out for in your children:  

C – Continued, unexplained weight loss

H – Headaches, often with early morning vomiting

I – Increased pain in bones, joints, back or legs

L – Lumps or unexplained masses

D – Development of excessive bruising, bleeding or rash

 

C – Constant infections

A – A whitish colour behind the pupils

N – Nausea which persists or vomiting without nausea

C – Constant tiredness or noticeable paleness

E – Eye or vision changes which occur suddenly

R – Recurrent or persistent fevers of unknown origin

  While the intention is not for parents to become paranoid, it is crucial to be aware of certain signs that can indicate cancer in a young child, particularly when the child may not be able to communicate its symptoms effectively. In most instances, your child’s condition will be something far less serious, but it is always better to be safe and rule out cancer.
Information provided to WellnessConnect courtesy Source: Just Because Foundation