Between 1975 and 1995 the overall decline in deaths among children with cancer was nearly 40%.
Cancer in children presents itself non-specifically meaning some of the symptoms are also associated with other conditions that are not cancer.
That's why doctors say it is important for parents to report anything unusual that their child is experiencing.
Most pediatric cancers present with lumps, bumps, bruises, fevers, weight loss," says Dr. Patricia Shearer. "There is an increase awareness amongst pediatricians and family doctors as well as parents about the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer."
Children who are diagnosed with cancer respond very well to treatment and doctors say there is a good chance where there is no recurrence of cancer, giving survivors a chance at a long healthy life.
By Nathalie Pozo, WCJB TV20 News
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