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Health with Dr. Paula: Childhood cancer awareness

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) –September is childhood cancer awareness month, and in the U.S., almost 16,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year.

Common cancers that affect children are:

-brain

-bone

-leukemia or lymphoma

- eye

-kidney

The primary cause of childhood cancers is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.

Symptoms of childhood cancer include:

-unusual mass or swelling

-unexplained illness

-headaches

-rapid weight loss

Treatment of childhood cancer is similar to that of adults: mixture of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Annual checkups are always recommended for children for prevention and early detection.

To give to the fund, call the office of Ben Koon Pediatric Oncology Endowment at (706) 660-6115, give online at CRHFOUNDATION.NET or their mailing address at 707 Center Street, Suite 100, Columbus, GA 31901.

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