80% children with cancer do not survive beyond teenage
Hyderabad, Feb 15 (IANS) It is estimated that nearly 300,000 children up to the age of 19 years are diagnosed with cancers worldwide; and only 20 per cent of them survive to live beyond their teenage.
The situation is equally grim among the low-income sections in India, and the medical fraternity is trying to help such children live long and lead a healthy life, said doctors at Hyderabad-based Continental Hospitals on the occasion of 'International Childhood Cancer Day' on Saturday.
The World Health Organization's Global Childhood Cancer Initiative has set a global target to achieve 60 per cent survival rate among the children suffering from cancers by 2030.
The Continental Hospitals said that it is committed to play a constructive role in reaching the benchmark set by the WHO.
The hospital celebrated the young heroes who not just survived childhood cancers but are leading a healthy and successful lives.