The new estimated global number of cases is a significant difference from the nearly 165,000 diagnoses per year previously reported. The 165,000 statistic previously used included data on children ages zero to 14 years only, while the new estimates raise this number to 215,000 and an additional 85,000 teenagers of ages 15–19 years. This research includes a more precise and high-quality sample than ever before, and the results reveal a more accurate depiction of the number of kids diagnosed each year in all age ranges.
"Childhood cancer is a public health problem, and more resources and research are needed to improve diagnosis, treatment and infrastructure," says Dr. Eva Steliarova-Foucher, a scientist in IARC's Section of Cancer Surveillance. "Currently, many world regions still either have no information on the cancer burden in children or lack adequate resources to provide high-quality information. We are happy to see cancer research funders raise awareness of the true impact of childhood cancers and are encouraged by the acknowledgment of the St. Baldrick's Foundation of the importance of accurate information for its mission to conquer childhood cancers."
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is eager to share the updated statistic with the public, its dedicated researchers, volunteers and the community, as it serves as a reminder of the pressing need for funding of childhood cancer research, which is largely underfunded by the U.S. federal government.
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As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick's Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts who are working to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at StBaldricks.org to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.
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