Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne has joined the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust in raising awareness of the risks and common signs of childhood eye cancer.
Around one child a week is diagnosed with retinoblastoma (childhood eye cancer) in the UK. Retinoblastoma has one of the best cure rates of all childhood cancers. In the UK, around 98 per cent of children will survive but early diagnosis is really important. Currently half of babies and children that are diagnosed lose an eye to save their life.
If you see one or more of the signs of retinoblastoma, be sure to get your child’s eyes checked urgently just to be safe. The most common signs are a white glow in the child’s eye which may be visible in certain lighting or a flash photo oar a squint.
The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust have been helping families for more than 30 years, and provide over 2,000 hours of support to around 525 families each year.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“A white glow in the eye or a squint can be a sign of childhood eye cancer. Urgent referral and early diagnosis can help save a child’s sight, eyes and life.
“If you want any more information you can visit: www.chect.org.uk”