In adults, cancer sometimes refered to as “acquired” because they’re caused from environmental exposures to cells over time. The cells that becomes cancerous are usually “epithelial” cell, which are cells lining the body cavity and cover the body surface. Childhood cancers often occur or begin in the stem cells, which might explain “why” in adults it takes longer durations over years of exposures for cancer to occur.
Stem cells are delicate cells capable of producing other types of specialized cells that the body needs. This process is not perfect and errors sometimes occur, especially when the cells are growing quickly. Some children inherit DNA changes (mutations) from a parent that increases their risk of cancer. Shortage of Pediatric Cancer Drugs?
However, most cancers are not caused by inherited DNA mutations, thereby, resulting from DNA changes that happen early in the childs life sometimes before birth. Everytime a cell prepares to divide into 2 new cells it must copy it’s DNA. Thereby a sporadic (occurs by chance) cell change or mutation is usually what causes childhood cancer.
The vast majority of childhood cancers are not known, although some may have outside causes that have not yet been determined. Because it’s impossible to track what happen (maybe being push in a bady carriage near a cars exhaust pipe) during the events leading to the event. Therefore the only possible explanation is that it has to be a random “Act of God” that sometimes something happens inside the cell.
Numbers of studies are examining suspected or possible risk factors for childhood cancers. Including early – life exposures to infectious agents, parent, fetal or childhood exposures to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, solvents or other household chemicals, as well as parental occupational exposure to asbestos, radiation and chemicals; or maybe parental medical conditions during pregnancy or before conception.
Researchers…. are also…. studying the risk associated with maternal exposures to oral contraceptives, fertility drugs and other medications, familial and genetic susceptibility and risk associated with the exposure to human immuno deficiency virus (HIV) parasites and bacteria from NOT sterilzing the babies bottle before feeding.
Scientist believe it is in the interaction of many factors together that produces cancer and those factors involved could be environmental as well constitutional characteristic in the genetics of the individual. Diagnosis, treatment and prognosis for childhood cancer are different than for adult cancers and should be treated as such. What Causes Childhood Leukemia?
The main differences are the survival rates and the causes of the cancer. The survival rate for childhood cancer is about 72 percent, mean while in the adult cancer survival rate is 60 percent. This rate difference is thought to be because childhood cancer is more responsive to therapy. While the child can also tolerate more agressive therapy, and therefore, the prognosis is better. Whereas, using unorthodox medicine Emily “Emma” Whitehead who is six years old was cured of Leukemia with a daring new procedure by Dr. Carl June and Dr. David Porter at the University of Pennsylvania. video-hiv-used-cured-dying-6-year-old-cancer-patient/482505 http://vimeo.com/67745009
Notes From Heaven: of all the heart felt stories I have included this website, Elena Desserich from Cincinnati, Ohio has to be one of the most heart wretching. In 2007, being diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, she was given only 135 days to live. While ending up living 255 days and passing in August of that year. Than after her death her parents ended up finding a very impressive collection of drawings she left behind. Which they published a book “Notes Left Behind” of inspiration and also started The Cure Starts Now Foundation to find a cure for Brainstem Glioma in Elena’s honors.
U.S. News Best Children’s Hospital: these are the Top 52 ranked pediatric cancer centers based mostly from data U.S.News & World Report survey….
MD Anderson Children Cancer Center: read about the #1 rated Advanced Treatment for children with cancer….
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: pediatric cancer treatment programs and patient stories about the unique approach taken at….
Children’s Hospital of Michigan: pediatric cancer specialist give the answers to cancer, conditions and treatments….
Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation: is a non profit dedicated to serving the needs of families with children with brain tumors….
National Children’s Leukemia Foundation: providing educational material in the battle against leukemia in children….
Childhood Cancer Statistics: each year in the United States there are approximately 12,400 children between birth and 19 years of age that are diagnosed with cancer….
National Foundation for Cancer Research: childhood cancer detection chart…. cancer type overview…. sign and symptoms….
TeamConnor.org: symptoms of childhood cancer depends on the type of cancer the child has and there are no obvious or simple signs….
BeChildCancerAware.org: since most symptoms of cancer can also attributed to other conditions…. be child cancer aware….
HealthyChildren.org: most patients go through periods of extreme fatique as the body expends extra energy healing….
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital: a member of Spectrum Health based specialty pedriatric medical and surgical center for children….
KidsHealth.org: once cancer has been diagnosed it’s important for parents to seek help from specialized oncologist….
KidsHealth.org|Leukemia: cancers of the white blood cells (also called leukocytes or WBC’s).
Alex’s Lemonade Stand: raises money to fight childhood cancer includes history of the little girl whom began the effort….
The Dragonfly Foundation: bringing comfort and joy to kids and young adults with cancer and blood disease….
Cincinnati Dreams Come True: serves children under the age of 18 living within a 100 mile radius of Cincinnati….
ImermanAngels: One – on – One Cancer Support carefully matching pairs touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived….
Coins 4 Kids.org: it’s highly unlikely your child will develope cancer, however, as a parent you must know the symptoms….