World Child Cancer Day
Awareness of childhood cancer remains limited around the world. 90% of children are diagnosed with advanced (stage 3 or 4) cancer. Although 80% of children survive today in developed countries, most require intensive therapy due to late diagnosis.
The strides made in childhood cancer in the last half-century are huge, but they have benefited less than 1 in 5 children in the world. 85% of children with cancer (90% of children with retinoblastoma) live in developing countries, and most die due to lack of access to information, specialist medical care and family support.
A volunteer describes this tragedy: “it is one of the saddest experiences to witness children and parents unable and unmotivated to fight the battle any longer, just waiting in despair for the inevitable to happen – knowing that with funding from those able to help, the outcome could be so different”.