Children’s chances of surviving cancer less than 30% in poor nations – study

26 March 2019 – Guardian

Research reveals that 80% of children diagnosed with the disease in high-income states will live for more than five years, yet fewer than 30% of young people with cancer in low- and middle-income nations have the same chance of survival.

Every year, 429,000 children and adolescents are expected to develop cancer. The vast majority of those – 384,000 – are from developing countries, according to a paediatric cancer study published in Science magazine.

The research suggests that simple interventions such as providing free meals and temporary housing could help improve global survival rates.

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