WILL SAVE THEIR LIVES!!
in every 12,000 children in the United States is affected
- It is the most common eye
tumor in children and the third most common cancer affecting
- 60% to 70% of the cases
are non-hereditary and the cause remains unknown.
- 90 % of the cases occur
from birth to five years of age with most cases being diagnosed
by age two.
- 7,000 children worldwide
die needlessly each year due to the lateness of the diagnosis.
- Older children can develop
retinoblastoma. Example: A 13 year old was diagnosed with
bilateral retinoblastoma. A young woman contacted me who had
her eye enucleated at age 16 and I recently heard of a 28
year old man that was diagnosed with retinoblastoma.
- You cannot prevent retinoblastoma
but you cannot die from it either. It is metastatic retinoblastoma
that kills. There is no cure. Metastatic retinoblastoma is
100% preventable and should never happen. Our pediatricians
need to look for this disease at every pediatric exam and
can do so with an instrument called an ophthalmoscope.