According to the World Health Organization, approximately 400,000 children and adolescents of 0-19 years old are diagnosed with cancer around the world each year. The Global Childhood Cancer Initiative aims to achieve at least 60% survival for childhood cancer globally by 2030. Currently, children living in high-income countries have an 80% chance of cure, while less than 30% of children diagnosed with cancer in many low and middle-income countries survive.
The most common types of childhood cancer include:
- brain cancers
- solid tumors
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I, Lívia Woodcock, am a childhood cancer survivor. I was diagnosed at age 4, in 1989 in Brazil. Fortunately, with help from relatives, my parents had the means to provide me great treatment. I had 2 surgeries and went through 2 complete chemotherapy treatments. When I turned 15 years old I was out of remission (it used to take 10 years at that time). I remember everything that happened in my life from the moment I stepped into that hospital for the first time. Going through all that suffering made me who I am today, it made me stronger, but many don’t face the same fate.
On International Childhood Cancer Day, we express support for children and adolescents with cancer, survivors and their families. We understand your pain and we are here for you.