224,000 cancers were diagnosed in children by 2015, however, according to a study published on Wednesday, February 27, there were 397,000 to suffer from this disease. Almost 45% of them would escape any diagnosis and, therefore, any care.
"Diagnosis is not considered a problem, but our statistical model leads to estimates that were previously absentsays Zachary Ward, lead author of the study published this morning in The Lancet Oncology and a member of the Harvard School of Public Health.
In fact, as long as 224,000 cancers have been diagnosed in children worldwide by 2015, according to the report's authors, they claim that, in fact, 397,000 children would have been affected by this disease.
"Our model suggests that nearly one in two children diagnosed with cancer is undiagnosed and may die untreated."said Zachary Ward.These patients will surely die and thus the cancer will not be mentioned as responsible for death."says Eva Steliarova-Foucher of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (CIR / IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In order to achieve these troubling results, the researchers pooled data from the official country registries, to those who have them, to WHO records, and to UNICEF research findings.
The report, which focuses on 200 countries, shows that more than half of all childhood cancers are undiagnosed in Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
In so-called "rich countries" like the United States, Canada or the European Union, only 3% would escape the diagnosis of doctors.
"Health systems in low- and middle-income countries do not meet the needs of children with cancer"alarmed Rifat Atun, one of the authors of the study who also evolved at Harvard University.
According to the scientists, 6.7 million children could develop cancer between 2015 and 2030 and almost 3 million of them will not be diagnosed if no effort is made by governments on this issue.
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