How Is Retinoblastoma Diagnosed?

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You know it's interesting. In the United States, pediatricians are required to test in advance, to look for only one cancer and that's retinoblastoma and they are required to do it many times during the first two years of life, despite that 95% of all children with retinoblastoma are diagnosed by a family member, and 90% of them by the mother.

What the mother notices is there in the central part of the eye, in the black pupil, they notice a glint or a glare or a whiteness. They don't recognize it, but what they are seeing is actually the cancer itself, right through the eye. It usually is then brought to the attention of a medical professional, pediatrician or ophthalmologist, and ultimately gets into my hands.