International Childhood Cancer Day 2020

Cancer in children is very different from cancer in adults, involving different cancer types and occurring much less frequently. The number of childhood cancer cases in some populations is growing slightly each year but the cause of this is not yet known. Fortunately, survival has greatly improved in many countries. Today, in high income countries, four out of five childhood cancer patients have a good chance of survival, compared with only one out of five 50 years ago. However, huge inequalities persist. In low- and middle-income countries, many patients remain undiagnosed or untreated.
To better understand and address this inequality, IARC supports the World Health Organization’s Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer, which aims to cure 60% of all childhood cancer patients globally by 2030.
Dr Eva Steliarova-Foucher leads the childhood cancer team in the Section of Cancer Surveillance at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

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