The International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) is a global collaborative initiative to promote awareness about childhood cancer and to show support for children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with the disease, as well as survivors and their families. Every year on February 15th, International Children’s Day (ICCD) is organised. Childhood Cancer International came up with the idea in 2001, and the first worldwide awareness campaign took place in 2002.
What is childhood cancer?
Cancer can develop in any part of the body, including the blood and lymphatic systems, the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), kidneys, and other organs and tissues in children. The majority of the time, the cause of childhood malignancies is unknown. Even if they develop in the same place of the body, childhood malignancies can behave significantly differently than adult tumours.
When healthy cells alter and grow out of control, cancer develops. These cells produce a mass called a tumour in most kinds of cancer. Tumours can be malignant or non-cancerous. A malignant tumour is one that has the potential to grow and spread to other regions of the body. A benign tumour is one that can grow but will not spread to other parts of the body.
These aberrant cells very infrequently develop a solid tumour in leukaemia, a blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow. Instead, these cells in the bone marrow force out other types of cells. As a result, the following products are not produced:
- Red blood cells are in their natural state. Oxygen-carrying cells transport oxygen to tissues.
- White blood cells are the cells that make up the blood. Infection-fighting cells.
- Platelets. The portion of the blood that is required for clotting.
Symptoms and Signs
Cancer in children might be difficult to detect. Many of the signs and symptoms described below can be seen in children with cancer, and many of them are similar to those seen in common pediatric illnesses. And, in other cases, cancer-affected children do not exhibit any of these alterations. It’s also crucial to keep in mind that a symptom or indication could be caused by a medical condition other than cancer.
- Weight reduction that continues to be unexplained
- Headaches, which are frequently accompanied by vomiting in the morning
- Swelling or pain in the bones, joints, back, or legs that persists
- A lump or mass in the abdomen, neck, chest, pelvis, or armpit.
- Excessive bruising, bleeding, or a rash develops
- Infections that are constant, frequent, or persistent
- Behind the pupil is a yellowish colour.
- Nausea that doesn’t go away or vomiting that isn’t accompanied by nausea
- Constant exhaustion
- Changes in the eyes or vision that occur suddenly and last for a long time
- Unknown-cause recurrent or persistent fevers
- More than 400,000 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer each year. The rate of survival varies by region, with survival rates as high as 80% in most High-Income Countries and as low as 20% in Low and Middle-Income Countries.
- The WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative’s target goal is to eradicate all pain and suffering for children facing cancer by 2030 and to achieve a survival rate of at least 60% for all children diagnosed with cancer around the world.
About Ziqitza Limited Rajasthan
Since 2005, Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd (ZHL Rajasthan) has been one of India’s most prominent participants in the Emergency Medical Services sector. In order to keep the workplace safe, Ziqitza Rajasthan has embraced Medical Room services. Integrated Emergency Services and Corporate Health Solutions are part of Ziqitza’s “one-stop integrated healthcare solution” for corporations and governments. In India, there are 3,300 ambulances, cutting-edge Helpline centres, and medical mobile units, with two customers, served every second. In India and the Gulf, they deal with 75 corporate firms and state governments. The Global Real Impact Awards and the Times Social Impact Award were both given to Ziqitza Limited Rajasthan.
ZHL Rajasthan mission is to save lives by providing world-class facilities of fully equipped Advanced and Basic Life Support Ambulances in underdeveloped countries. Their commitment to fulfil international standards of quality in emergency medical services and to be available to everyone, regardless of income, reflects their vision.