From 2014 to 2017, UICC conducted a ‘Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Cancer’ campaign 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.
For the three-year campaign a suite of materials was developed 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 material included posters, pocket cards with common differential diagnoses and videos. The posters and pocket cards were disseminated in over 40 countries and used in community settings, clinics and hospitals as part of learning and training activities on childhood cancer and child health more broadly.
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The campaign included 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.
Webinars and videos were 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.