Mitchell’s Miracles are a charity who continually raise awareness of Neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that affects around 100 children in the UK.
The definition of Neuro, meaning nerve cells, and Blastoma, meaning blasts of tumour, doesn’t explain that this type of cancer can be found mostly in children and is usually detected in an embryo.
We don’t want to bore you with the scientific facts but we do stress how important it is to know more about Neuroblastoma and how it can affect our children.
What is Neuroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma is the second most common solid tumour in childhood, affecting just under 100 children a year in the UK.
It can occur anywhere in the body but it most often occurs in one of the adrenal glands, in the abdomen.
In some children, the Neuroblastoma occurs in nerve tissue alongside the spinal chord, in the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis.
It is most common in under 5’s and extremely rare after the age of 10 years.
The causes of Neuroblastoma are still unknown.
Although Neuroblastoma is still a rare cancer, we are hearing more and more cases as highlighted by the media and families who apply for funding from Mitchell’s Miracles.
It is vital that we continue to raise awareness of Neuroblastoma so the signs and symptoms can be caught early, with a higher chance of survival.
You can read more about Neuroblastoma on our website.
Thank you for taking the time to read about this very important topic.
More blog posts about the signs and symptoms, why we raise awareness and who we help are coming soon.