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Cross-sectional survey to assess public awareness of childhood cancer symptoms
  1. Amy Noakes,
  2. Milli Lipshaw
  1. Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London, SE1 0AA, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Amy Noakes, Children's Nursing, London South Bank University, London, UK; Noakesa2{at}

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Commentary on: Liu JF, Shanmugavadivel D, Ball-Gamble A, Stewart A, Walker D. Public awareness of childhood, teenager and young adult cancer signs and symptoms in Great Britain: a cross-sectional survey. BMJ 2023; 108: 987–93.

Implications for practice and research

  • Clinical staff should have good awareness of childhood cancer symptoms to assist in raising public awareness.

  • Further research is required with adolescents to assess their awareness and knowledge-seeking behaviour.


Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death in children over 1 year and a major cause of acquired disability.1 The wide range of clinical symptoms connected with childhood cancers can mean several differential diagnoses to consider. In child health, practitioners ordinarily adopt an approach of waiting for symptom progression, aiming to avoid investigatory procedures …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.