Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Neuroblastoma Occurency

Petition draft Tuesday, March 08, 2011 Robert Cochran
Neuroblastoma is a very aggressive form of childhood Cancer; after domestic accident, it is the second most frequent cause of mortality in children.

It is the single most common type of Cancer in infants and the 4th most common type of Cancer in children. However, few people have heard of it and most do not know the signs and symptoms.

This means that although symptoms may have been present in the child for some time, in over nearly 80% of children the diagnosis is not made until the disease has reached stage 4, the final stage. Prognosis for this group is grim, offering a small % chance of survival.

In contrast, children diagnosed in the early stages have up to a 95% chance of survival.

Treating a child who has stage 4 Neuroblastoma costs. An untold number of children per year will be diagnosed at stage 4. Many children will still not survive – largely because their symptoms were diagnosed too late.

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