Retinoblastoma campaign will alert parents to warning signs

June 25, 2012

The warning signs of childhood eye cancer retinoblastoma will be included in the new edition of the Personal Child Health Record.

The warning signs of childhood eye cancer retinoblastoma will be included in the new edition of the Personal Child Health Record.

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) conducted the campaign, supported by Vision Express and Mumsnet, to create approved publications for parents on the warnings signs of retinoblastoma.

Joy Felgate, chief executive of the CHECT, said, "Early diagnosis is essential to offer the child the best chance of saving their sight and their eyes- parents need this information to enable them to act immediately if they notice the symptoms in their child's eyes. We are delighted the importance of this information for parents has been recognized and our recommended changes have been approved.”

Jonathan Lawson, chief executive at Vision Express, said, "This is a fantastic achievement for CHECT staff and members, who work tirelessly to raise awareness of eye cancer in children. Vision Express continues to support this worthy cause throughout its stores nationwide."

CHECT aims to campaign for further information on eye cancer symptoms to be included on the NHS Direct and Birth to Five websites. For more information please visit www.chect.org.uk