'WHO has announced a new Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer - with the aim of reaching at least a 60% suurvival rate for children with cancer by 2030, thereby saving an additional one million lives. This new target represents a doubling of the global cure rate for children with cancer.
'Cancer is a leading cause of death for children, with 300,000 new cases diagnosed each year among children aged 0-19 years.'
'Between 30-50% of cancers are preventable by healthy lifestyle choices such as avoidance of tobacco and public health measures like immunization against cancer causing infections. Others can be detected early, treated and cured. Even with late stage cancer, the suffering of patients should be relieved with good palliative care.'
Best wishes, Neil
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