Childhood Cancer Research Looks at Genetic Origins

Childhood Cancer Research Looks at Genetic Origins.

With the advent of DNA research advances, this process is no longer as prohibitive as in the past, and the study and treatment of pediatric cancers, as with other childhood diseases can make substantive progress. The top three most common childhood cancers are leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumours, and Neuroblastoma. Leukemias, which are cancers of the bone marrow and blood, account for about 30% of all cancers in children. The most common types are acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute myelogenous leukemia. These leukemias can cause bone and joint pain, fatigue, weakness, pale skin, bleeding or bruising, fever, weight loss, and other symptoms.

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