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International Childhood Cancer Day ~15th February


iccd-poster-2February 15th is International Childhood Cancer Day; a day on which individuals across the globe create awareness around the fact that cancer does not discriminate by age.

Today we also think about all the children who are fighting cancer and their families and wish them Love, Light & Healing and remember all our Little Fighters who lost the battle and their Loved Ones and wish them Love, Light & Strength.

For far too long, the rights and needs of children/adolescents with cancer have been marginalised and neglected. While deaths due to infectious diseases have been significantly reduced, deaths due to childhood cancer are increasing.

Every day 700 children and adolescents below the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer. Of the 250 000 diagnosed with cancer each year, about 90 000 of them will lose their lives to the disease.

Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 15.

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Today is International Childhood Cancer Day


LFCT ICCD 3Every child should have the right to health, which includes access to cancer treatment. The major problem with regards to Childhood Cancer in Africa is that the incidence of the disease is largely unknown and consequently there is a lack of reliable statistical data, which could influence health policies.

International Childhood Cancer Day is based on Childhood Cancer International’s (CCI) core belief that every child with cancer deserves the best possible medical and psychosocial care, regardless of country of origin, race, financial status or  social class. It is also anchored on the premise that childhood cancer deaths are avoidable, with timely and accurate diagnosis, availability and  access to proper treatment and care as well as affordable essential medicines.

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International Childhood Cancer Day: 15 February


LFCT ICCD 2Monday 15 February is International Childhood Cancer Day. International Childhood Cancer Day aims to create awareness that cancer doesn’t discriminate by age.

Every day 700 children and adolescents below the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer. Of the 250 000 diagnosed with cancer each year, about 90 000 of them will lose their lives to the disease.

What is even more heartbreaking is that many more children and adolescents are robbed of this special time in their lives because they do not have access to decent health services and are therefore either diagnosed late or are not diagnosed at all. Health systems in low and middle-income countries are inadequate or inaccessible and unaffordable; there is inadequate medical infrastructure and equipment; and essential medicines are either not available or too expensive.

The burden of childhood cancer is even felt in developed countries as it is the leading non-communicable disease (NCD) related cause of deaths in high income countries and a growing number of middle income countries.

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