Because one death is too many

Too many children and adolescents still die of cancer worldwide. Based on current limited statistics – one child dies of cancer every three minutes. Effective treatments for certain types of cancer do not yet exist in many LMICs and even in some developed countries. "While cancer in children is but a fraction of the global

Because Childhood Cancer is often curable, but – there is significant inequity and disparity in survival rates across countries and within continents

Childhood cancer is considered a modern day “miracle” by health circles. More than 70% of childhood cancer is now curable with modern therapy. Overall, this is an impressive increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was approximately 60%. Still, survival rates vary depending on the type of cancer and factors such as the

Because childhood cancer does not have borders

As is already the case in high-income countries (HICs), in a growing number of middle income countries (MICs), cancer represents the leading cause of non-accidental death among children and adolescents. While childhood mortality due to infectious diseases has been significantly reduced worldwide, deaths due to childhood cancer are increasing. A large and growing proportion

Because statistics do not tell the whole story

This can be attributed to the lack of cancer registries in a large majority of LMICs (low and middle income countries), prevalent under diagnosis, misdiagnosis and/or under-registration of LMIC children with cancer. In these countries, children with cancer are dying undiagnosed, unreported, and unrecorded. “Experts and researches estimate that approximately 90% of children with cancer

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