International Childhood Cancer Day
The world observes each year on February the 15th, the International Childhood Cancer Day. This day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, aiming to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, along with cancer survivors and their families. This event was created back in 2002 by Childhood Cancer International, a global network of 176 parent organizations, childhood cancer survivor associations, childhood cancer support groups, in over 93 countries, across 5 continents. It is estimated that more than 400,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer each year. Every 3 minutes, one child dies of cancer worldwide. The rate of survival of childhood cancers is hugely correlated with the region. In developed countries, it is as high as 80% survival rate but as low as 20% only in low- and middle-income countries. The Target Goal of the WHO Global Childhood Cancer Initiative is to achieve at least a 60% survival rate for all children diagnosed with cancer around the world by 2030. This targeted survival rate represents approximately double the current one.
1. International Childhood Cancer Day, ICCD. Homepage. https://internationalchildhoodcancerday.org/. Published 2021. Accessed February 15, 2021.