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Doctor calls for eye cancer caution

PUBLISHED: 15:05 06 December 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

Retinoblastoma can create

Retinoblastoma can create ""redeye"" or ""cats eye effects

EYE-CANCER in children may be going unnoticed because many health professionals do not know the warning signs, a specialist says. Mr Ashwin Reddy, an eye-cancer children s consultant at the Royal London Hospital, is issuing posters to GPs containing advi

EYE-CANCER in children may be going unnoticed because many health professionals do not know the warning signs, a specialist says.

Mr Ashwin Reddy, an eye-cancer children's consultant at the Royal London Hospital, is issuing posters to GPs containing advice on how to identify serious conditions such as retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer affecting children under five.

Mr Reddy said: "I have been shocked by the delay in diagnosis for some of these patients. This simple examination will make sure more children are picked up sooner, these tumours grow rapidly so it is important that these children are seen as early as possible."

Retinoblastoma will affect one child a week in the UK, but it is one of the most successfully treated childhood cancers-if caught soon enough.

The posters, produced with the help of the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, show how doctors and parents can spot the presence of cancers, and show the warning signs-shown here as the 'red eye, a squint, or white-reflecting 'cats-eye' appearance.

Although other conditions may cause these symptoms, it is always best to have them checked.

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