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Ethnic, Racial & Socioeconomic Disparities in Retinoblastoma in Children

Retinoblastoma can show up easily in a photo taken with a flash

Retinoblastoma can show up easily in a photo taken with a flash

Ethnic, racial and socioeconomic disparities appear to exist among children with retinoblastoma, a once uniformly fatal but now treatable eye cancer, and those disparities are associated with greater risks for advanced disease and undergoing enucleation (removal of the eye), according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

Retinoblastoma is a rare childhood cancer with about 9,000 cases diagnosed yearly worldwide. When diagnosed early, salvaging the eye and preserving vision are possible with relatively minimal therapy. Although disparities in access to health care have been well discussed for adult cancers, little is known about pediatric cancers.

Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D., of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Boston, and coauthors reviewed 18 Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) registries from 2000 through 2010. The authors identified 830 cases of retinoblastoma for children up to 9 years old and examined the effects of socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity on the extent of disease and outcomes.

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How your Camera-Phone Could Save your Child’s Life

Retinoblastoma can show up easily in a photo taken with a flash

Retinoblastoma can show up easily in a photo taken with a flash

Today we would like to share a short video with you about Retinoblastoma and how easy it is to check for Retinoblastoma by merely taking a photo of your child using a flash.

If their eyes show up red from the flash, this is normal but if there is a white spot in the pupil, it could be a sign of Retinoblastoma and you should have your child checked by a doctor.


Retinoblastoma is cancer of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Retinoblastoma causes the cells of the retina to grow rapidly and out of control.

Retinoblastoma may occur in one or both eyes, but rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Although it is the most common eye tumour in children, it is a rare childhood cancer and accounts for about 3-4% of childhood cancers.

retinoblastoma-symptomsSee our article on Retinoblastoma for more information


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