INCIDENCE OF CHILDHOOD CANCER
-Every year 250,000 children all over the world get diagnosed with cancer , out of which 90,000 of them are likely to die.
-Most childhood cancers are highly treatable, provided prompt and effective treatment is accessible. In resource rich countries, three out of four children now survive. But in developing and emerging economies, children are often not diagnosed, or diagnosed too late, and lack access to information and life-saving treatment. Around 80% of children with cancer live in developing countries and more than half will die.
Source: Media Release January 2014, SIOP (International Society of Pediatric Oncologists) and CCI (Childhood Cancer International formerly known as ICCCPO)
-In India, it is estimated that nearly 40-50,000 new childhood cancer cases occur each year. It is a Cankids estimate that not more than 20000 cases are being diagnosed. Of those that are diagnosed a large percentage come in fairly advanced stages of cancer.
-Despite the high cure rates in developed countries, it is estimated that in India 70% children die of cancer due largely to lack of awareness, late detection and late diagnosis, inadequate facilities, the high cost of treatment and the absence of supportive care.