Are you worried that your child might be developing an Ewing tumor? These tumors, which usually start during childhood or the early teen years, originate in the bones or in surrounding tissues. One of the three types of Ewing tumors, referred to as peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumors, can also begin in the chest. When detected early, the five-year survival rate for patients is around 70 percent. However, survival rates drop significantly once cancerous cells have spread -- which is why recognizing the early signs is so critical. Read on for three easy-to-miss symptoms of Ewing's Sarcoma in children.
The first easily missed symptom is the presence of swelling or a lump in the skin. In adults, a lump or swelling might be cause for alarm. Among children, though, bumps and bruises are often par for the course. Children tend to be both physically active and clumsy, so it's not unusual for bumps to be present. However, an Ewing tumor isn't a typical bump. Usually found in the arms or legs, the lump from these tumors may be warm to the touch, and they probably won't be accompanied by bruising. Be cautious of any lump that can't be explained.
Pain is another easily missed sign of an Ewing tumor. Similar to bumps and bruises, it's not unusual for children to injure themselves and experience pain as a result. However, the bone pain caused by the growth of a tumor is different than discomfort from a bruise -- but children aren't always able to articulate that difference. Bone pain from an Ewing tumor can also be the result of bone fractures, as tumors may cause bones to weaken. Talk to your doctor if your child is experiencing pain that won't go away.
Last on our list, children who are developing Ewing tumors may always feel tired. This is common for people with cancer, as their bodies go into overdrive to battle against cancerous growths. Chronic fatigue is also a symptom of a number of other health conditions ranging from the flu to depression. In any case, chronic fatigue isn't normal and should warrant a trip to the doctor. Take our quiz to see if your child is at risk of an Ewing tumor.