In the United States, cancer is the number 1 killer of children by disease. On average, one in every four elementary schools has a child with cancer, and the average high school has two students who have or have had cancer. Each day 43 children in the United States, including 8 children in Houston, are diagnosed with cancer. Currently, one in every 330 Americans develops cancer during childhood or adolescence before the age of 20. Childhood cancer occurs randomly and spares no ethnic group, socioeconomic class or geographic region. Candlelighters helps those families who face the devastating diagnosis of childhood cancer.
The Eight Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer
Continued, unexplained weight loss
Headaches with vomiting in the morning
Increased swelling or persistent pain in bones joints
Lump or mass in abdomen, neck or elsewhere
Development of a whitish appearance in the pupil of the eye