Childhood Cancer Myths and Stigmas
- Cancer is contagious
- You can get cancer by playing or touching a cancer patient
- Children cannot get cancer
- Children do not get cancer because of their race and gender.
- Childhood cancer is the fault of the child or parents.
- There is no need for the elders to talk about cancer in the family
- Decisions of transfusions or amputations should only be taken by the elders
- There are no signs and symptoms with childhood cancer
- Children do not survive cancer
- There is nothing that can be done once a child is diagnosed
- Certain families do not have the right to health care
- Cancer is NOT contagious
- You cannot get cancer by playing or touching a cancer patient
- Children can get cancer
- Children can be diagnosed with cancer, irrespective of race or gender.
- Childhood cancer is a blood disorder and no one is at fault for this illness.
- There is a need for the elders to talk about cancer in the family
- Decisions of transfusions or amputations should be taken in consultation with elders in the best interest of the child’s survival.
- There are early warning signs and symptoms of childhood cancer
- Children can survive cancer if diagnosed early.
- Early diagnosis is the key to survival.
- All have a right to health care