Myths and stigmas around childhood cancer can create a culture of silence that is not good for promoting diagnosis and accessing treatment. CHOC aims to continue to expand its reach into far-flung regions of the country, whilst growing the education campaign.
Here are some myths and stigmas around 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.