November 21, 2017

Curable if treated in good time

One child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes somewhere in the world. International Childhood Cancer Day on February 25 is dedicated to the more than the estimated 250,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year worldwide. It is not like other commemorative day, but a day for people around the world to stand up and speak out for kids with cancer, survivors and their families.
Cancer is horrible for people of any age, and it is especially so for kids and their families. It is estimated that childhood cancer has an incidence of more than 175,000 cases per year in the world, with an approximate mortality rate of 96,000 per year— 80 percent in the developing world.
Many developed countries have also unfortuseen a slow increase of childhood cancer rates each year. In the United States, an estimated 15,780 children and adolescents ages 0 to 19 were diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
The most common cancers in children are leukemia (34 percent), brain tumors (23 percent), and lymphomas (12 percent). Pediatric oncology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children.
According to the 2014 report of US National Library of Medicine, an estimated 85 to 92 percent of Myanmar children with cancer are undiagnosed or not receiving treatment. Abandonment of treatment is as high as 60 percent.
Many Myanmar families cannot afford the costs for treatment and supportive care. More measures are needed to support development of preventive, diagnostic, curative and palliative care for children’s cancer in Myanmar from the outset.
Local and international partnerships are essential in the interim to support and provide assistance to Myanmar children who are suffering from cancer— a curable disease if treated early.

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