Health visitors help raise eye cancer awareness
Health visitors play a crucial role in raising awareness of eye cancer with parents, according to a new survey.
The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) found that health visitors are second only to internet searches as a key source of awareness.
A total of 20% of parents surveyed told the charity they had received information about children’s eye cancer from a health visitor, up from 15% last year, with 23% using the internet as their key source.
Over a third had also asked the health visitor to check their children’s eyes outside of regular developmental checks.
The charity found that 86% of the parents surveyed had either never heard of the rare eye cancer retinoblastoma (Rb) or didn’t know much about it.
CHECT has launched a campaign – Look Sharp For Rb – to raise awareness of the condition with parents, after collating its survey findings.
It is hoped the campaign will urge parents to be aware of their child’s eye health and to take them to see their GP or optician if they notice any changes or have any concerns.
Rb affects babies and young children under the age of six. Around one child is diagnosed in the UK every week.
Symptoms of the condition can include a squint or a white glow in the eye, seen in dim lighting or when a photo is taken using a flash.
CHECT is a UK charity dedicated to helping people affected by Rb.
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