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How much do you know about childhood cancers?

Dr. Akin-Onitolo A.



As September comes to a close, it is time for us to test how much we know about childhood cancers. Easy to understand, the following questions would guide us on a brief journey into the world of children living with cancer.


1. Cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control
a. True
b. False
2. Cancer can spread from one part of the body to another
a. True
b. False
3. How many children are diagnosed with cancer every year? Over…
a. 1,000
b. 4,000
c. 100,000
4. The commonest type of childhood cancer in Nigeria is…
a. Leukaemia (blood cancer)
b. Brain cancer
c. Lymphoma (cancer of the body’s soldier cells)


Burkitt’s lymphoma

5. More than 7 in 10 cases of childhood cancers are curable
a. True
b. False
6. As many as _ of affected children have no access to treatment
a. 80%
b. 30%
c. 5%
7. Over _ of children with cancers die every year
a. 50%
b. 10%
c. 60%
8. Spreading the word on social media can help
a. True
b. False
9. Some of the signs of cancer in a child include:
a. Losing weight
b. Bruising easily, paleness
c. Pain and swelling
d. Eye changes
e. All of the above
10. Reporting promptly to a doctor and early treatment saves lives
a. True
b. False
Amazing! You have come to the end of our short quiz. How much do you know about cancers? See for yourself, here are the answers to questions in the quiz:

1. A
2. A
3. C
4. C
5. A
6. A
7. C
8. A
9. E
10. A

It is time to take the lead by using the SHARE buttons to tell your family and friends about this important subject. And don’t forget to tell us your answers and what you scored in the comments section, we are more than excited to read them.

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Dr. Akin-onitolo A. is a graduate of the University of Lagos whose mission is to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) using health promotion and improved health literacy. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) certified doctor who had her elective at King's College London. Hugely interested in travel, meeting people and generally being creative, reading and writing fiction are a few hobbies you could find her engaged in during her spare time. Catch up with her on Twitter @Akinonitolo and Instagram @t_onitolo