Early detection is one of the key moments in the battle against cancer.
Its objective is to find the disease when it is still in the initial stages and is located in the organ of origin and before it invades other organs or tissues and, in some cases, find precancerous lesions.
It also allows to give the indicated treatment and in many cases cure it.
Since there are a large number of types of cancer, the strategies to detect them in a timely manner are different, although in general the programs include components of early diagnosis and screening.
On the one hand, early diagnosis implies that the person knows the first signs and symptoms. This would result in you going to a health professional to be assessed. In this way cancer would be intentionally sought and the necessary treatment would be offered.
Screening, on the other hand, is performed in people without symptoms to detect precancerous lesions or an early phase of the disease to receive attention.
At the Institute of Interventional Oncology (IDOI) we know that although cancer in children can be difficult to detect, performing regular medical exams helps diagnose it in time. It is also important to be alert to the appearance of regular or persistent symptoms, such as:
* Unjustified pain.
* Weight loss without apparent cause.
*Lack of appetite.
*Bad general state.
* Lack of joy
* Disinterest in the game.
If your child has any of these signs or symptoms, go immediately to your nearest health unit for evaluation.
These symptoms can be caused by other diseases, so you should always consult a specialist.