We don’t usually pay too much attention to “cancer months” but an email today from Cancer Research UK mentioning September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month containing a link to “information on children’s cancers” got us thinking about signs and symptoms.
Although the article didn’t focus specifically on childhood brain tumours (nb brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children (after leukemia). They account for about 1 out of 4 childhood cancers) we were still frustrated not to see mention of the “head tilt” which was one of the key symptoms that lead us to believe William had a brain tumour:
The headsmart.org website was where we first found out about a head tilt being a potential brain tumour symptom. It’s well worth sharing with the parents of anyone who suspects their child may have a brain tumour and one we credit with William’s earlier diagnosis. It was developed by The Brain Tumour Charity in collaboration with the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, two charities we are very close to.