Today is February 15, World Children’s Cancer Day.
The day was started in 2002 by Child Cancer International (CCI) to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. In addition to raising awareness, one of the goals of the day is to reduce mortality, and to reduce the pain associated with cancer and the plight of children fighting the disease.
The number of children with cancer is increasing every year. Children are more likely to have blood cancer. However, the number of children suffering from rhinitis, kidney and eye cancer is not less. To this end, by 2030, at least 60 percent of children diagnosed with cancer worldwide will have a survival goal.
It is estimated that about 20,000 children are infected with the disease each year. Of these, only 25 per cent (only in Dhaka and Chittagong) have access to full medical care.
Experts claim that most children’s cancers are curable. Once identified and treated, 80 percent of the patients recover. But only 20 percent of patients get access to advanced treatment.