Childhood cancers
An overview of UICC's resources in the prevention, early detection and diagnosis of childhood cancers
Compilation of childhood cancer signs and symptoms

UICC is delighted to release a compilation of materials from the ‘Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Cancer’ campaign, conducted in partnership with Childhood Cancer International (CCI) and the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). Detecting childhood cancer through understanding early warning signs can improve survivorship and health outcomes. Early detection can also improve children’s quality of life by allowing physicians to put children and their families into contact with other support services.

In our three year campaign, conducted between 2014-2017, we developed a suite of materials to assist health workers to recognize suspicious signs of cancer in children and encourage referral to appropriate health facilities for timely testing, diagnosis and treatment.  The campaign produced posters, pocket cards with common differential diagnoses and talking head videos, presented below. The visual materials, developed by international childhood cancer experts, have been translated into over forty languages and are being used in community settings, trainings, as well as in clinics and hospitals.  This document provides all of the materials, along with implementation case studies, and can be integrated in part or as a whole package into learning and training activities on childhood cancer and child health more broadly.  

Childhood Cancer Signs and Symptoms Campaign

Childhood Cancer International (CCI), the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) and Union for International Cancer Control  (UICC) have collaborated on a joint 'Signs and Symptoms' campaign to raise the knowledge and awareness of health workers about the warning signs of childhood cancer. The campaign aims to generate health sector support for better detection, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.


Initial materials developed for the campaign included a poster with common signs and symptoms of childhood cancer and a pocket card with common differential diagnoses. These materials have already been translated into many languages and disseminated in over 40 countries, and are designed to support health workers working particularly at primary and community health level.

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Expert films

The campaign has now scaled-up to include a series of expert films narrated by doctors, a nurse, a cancer survivor and a parent to help improve early diagnosis of cancer, particularly in low-income countries where need is greatest.

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Webinar series

Webinars and videos are being developed to demonstrate how the signs and symptoms campaign is being implemented in countries around the world- in health centres, hospitals, schools and community settings.

Introduction to the Signs and Symptoms Campaign

Bless a Child Foundation, Brian Walusimbi

Fundación Nuestros Hijos, Chile – Dr Marcela Zubieta