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Early Recognition of Infant Malignancy: The Five Most Common Infant Cancers

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The incidence of cancer in children is rising in the U.S. Although cancer in the first year of life is relatively rare, understanding the early signs and symptoms of and the historical factors associated with most common infant cancers is essential for providing optimal care to these infants and their families. Neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners play a pivotal role in early recognition and detection of infant malignancy. This article reviews the incidence of and historical factors associated with infant cancers and discusses clinical presentations and available diagnostic images as well as screening tools for the five most common types of infant malignancy.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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