WHO: Cases of cancer among children have become more frequent

14 April 2017

In recent years, cases of cancer among children have increased significantly. Each year, 140 in a million children under 14 years are diagnosed with dangerous oncological diseases. On 14 April UN reports that an international study conducted with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) provided this data.

The authors report that over the period between 2001 and 2010 cases of cancer among children increased by 13% compared with 1980s. The study was prepared according to data received from 153 cancer centers from 62 countries.

Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer Christopher Wilde said, «Cancer is a serious cause of children’s and adolescents’ mortality, despite the fact that people under the age of 20 are relatively rare exposed to this disease». Experts suppose that cancer among children is most probably associated with a genetic predisposition.

The most common type of cancer among children under 15 is leukemia. It accounts for almost one-third of all cases of childhood oncology. On the second place — the central nervous system tumors, on the third — lymphomas. Embryonic tumors account for 1/3 of all cancer cases of children under five.

UN experts believe that the conclusions contained in the document are extremely important for strengthening of early diseases detection mechanisms, treatment and care for children with oncology.

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