Teachers and caregivers as well as those working in the Biblical School for Children from all branches of the UCKG attended a special presentation to learn how to identify early signs of childhood cancer. The workshop was held at the Cenacle of the Holy Spirit at Park Station on 4th August 2012.
The purpose of the presentation was not only to increase awareness of the signs and effects of how cancer develops in children but also to enlighten participants on the importance of being informed and having the necessary knowledge on how to deal with children diagnosed with cancer. The participants learned that cancer is not just one disease but there are over 300 different types of cancer. It is not contagious, is different from adult cancers and occurs in different parts of the body. Children respond differently to treatment and 70% of children who are newly diagnosed with cancer will be successfully treated simply because it was detected early.
Many children die early because of a general lack of education and medical attention. The lack of education on the part of the parent means they are not aware of the signs and symptoms of someone with cancer. Many of those with childhood cancer show the same signs and symptoms which can be taken for the common cold or a simple fever. It was essential that proper attention be given to children’s symptoms and that medical attention is sought before it is too late. The most powerful tool a person can possess is knowledge. Teachers, caregivers and parents would make a great difference if they used their knowledge to spread awareness.
Be part of the Childhood Cancer Awareness this coming Saturday 9am, at Park Station – Johannesburg. For more information call our Helpline number: 0861 330 320