Brain Tumours in Children

Tue 15 July 2014

Around 400 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with a brain, other CNS or intracranial tumour in Britain each year. These are the second most common group of cancers diagnosed in children in Britain, accounting for 27% of all childhood cancers.

- Cancer Research UK

Spread the word about identifying the symptoms of child brain tumours.

Symptoms:

Under 5
Persistent/ recurrent vomiting
Balance/co-ordination/walking problems
Abnormal eye movements
Behaviour change, particularly lethargic
Fits or seizures (not with a fever)
Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

5-11
Persistent/recurrent headache
Persistent/ recurrent vomiting
Balance/co-ordination/walking problems
Abnormal eye movements
Blurred or double vision
Behaviour change
Fits or seizures
Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

12-18
Persistent/recurrent headache
Persistent/ recurrent vomiting
Balance/co-ordination/walking problems
Abnormal eye movements
Blurred or double vision
Behaviour change
Fits or seizures
Delayed or arrested puberty, slow growth

If your child has any one of these symptoms, see your doctor,
If two or more symptoms ask for an “urgent referral”