With India accounting for the highest number of 1,500 of the 5,000 new cases of Retinoblastoma (eye cancer) occurring in children each year across the world, the Centre for Sight Superspeciality Eye Hospital has announced the launch of National Retinoblastoma Foundation in Hyderabad for comprehensive treatment.

At a press conference here on Thursday, Dr. Santosh G. Hanovar, director, Medical Services, CFS and Dr. P. Vijayanand Reddy, oncologist, Apollo Hospitals, said the Foundation was a fully equipped referral centre and planned to conduct special programmes to promote awareness on retinoblastoma during the World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week beginning from May 13.

They said that retinoblastoma was the most common cancer among children below four years.

It could be completely cured if detected early.Symptoms

A white, shiny reflex in the child’s eye is usually a tell-tale symptom, they added. Crossed eyes, squints, swelling of the eye, and continuous watering are the other symptoms. Emphasising the need to create awareness among people, they said that the cancer occurs in 1 in 10,000 live births.

They said that only 50 per cent of children suffering from the cancer were receiving treatment while the rest were succumbing to the disease due to lack of awareness among parents and even doctors.

National Retinoblastoma Foundation to be launched in Hyderabad