Journal of the Scientific Society

: 2017  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Cancer in childhood

Rajendra B Nerli1, Shridhar C Ghagane2,  
1 Department of Urology, KLES Kidney Foundation, KLE University's JN Medical College, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Urology, KLES Kidney Foundation, KLES Dr. Prabhakar Kore Hospital and MRC, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajendra B Nerli
Department of Urology, KLES Kidney Foundation, KLE University's JN Medical College, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi - 590 010, Karnataka

How to cite this article:
Nerli RB, Ghagane SC. Cancer in childhood.J Sci Soc 2017;44:1-1

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Nerli RB, Ghagane SC. Cancer in childhood. J Sci Soc [serial online] 2017 [cited 2018 Jan 21 ];44:1-1
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The International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD) is celebrated on February 15 every year to raise awareness and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer and their families. Every year, more than 200,000 children are diagnosed with cancer – a disease that touches countless families and communities in all regions of the world. With access to quality care, more than 80% of children with cancer can survive, living full and healthy lives. However, many children in low- and middle-income countries do not receive or complete care, and as a result, over 90% of childhood cancer deaths occur in low-resource settings.

A global response is needed to give every child the best chance of surviving cancer. Awareness needs to be created so as to improve access of these children to quality health care, better understand why and where children are diagnosed with cancer through cancer registries, and offer the best possible treatment, palliative care, and support for children and their families. The WHO has highlighted the importance of diagnosing childhood cancer early and improving access to treatment for children and adolescents with cancer. On the ICCD, we need to pause so as to recognize contributions from advocates around the world and call for renewed collaboration to care for children with cancer globally.

Today, the incidence of childhood cancers is on the rise (from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 in children 14 years and younger) and is threatening to overtake infectious diseases as one of the highest causes of disease-related mortality in children. Many more remain unrecognized, unreported, and uncounted for, due to a lack of childhood cancer registries. Although the incidence of cancers in childhood is less than in adults, the number of lives saved is significantly higher. Survival rates in high-income countries reach an average of 84% and are steadily improving.

Today, our campaign's ultimate goal must be “Better access to care for children and adolescents with cancer everywhere.” The chance for a cure and the chance to live should not be dictated by an accident of geography. There is nothing scarier to a parent than his/her child has cancer. There is nothing more tragic than knowing that treatment and cure exist for your child's cancer with excellent outcome, but that it is not available for your child. Is it because the child lives in the wrong hemisphere? This is cruel and all of us should voice our concerns and make our voices heard, demand from world leaders to act, and help save all children.