n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Childhood cancer : early warning signs : main article




World-wide there are more than 200 000 new cases of childhood cancer per year and more than 70% of these occur in the developing world. In the First World more than 70% of these children will become long-term survivors. For some childhood cancers 5-year survival rates approach 95%. In England only 0.5% of all cancer cases occur in children under 15 years of age. In Third World countries this ratio is often higher, and in India the percentage in some areas is almost 5%. Despite these higher incidences it is often not a health priority in developing countries, where other health needs are more important.


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