ACS Urges All Nations to Improve Early Detection, Treatment and Care of Children with Cancer

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Cancer and Children

The American Cancer Society urges health care workers and parents across the world to take an active role in improving survival rates of childhood cancer. Childhood cancer in developed countries is the second highest cause of death in children and is a rising cause of death in developing countries. But significant advances in diagnosis and therapy during the past four decades have made childhood cancers largely curable if detected early. In support of the theme for this year's World Cancer Day, the American Cancer Society, the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and cancer organizations around the world are spotlighting childhood cancer and the importance of early detection and equal access to treatment.


"Childhood cancer is more than twice as curable as all adult cancers," said John R. Seffrin, PhD, chief executive officer, American Cancer Society. "Yet too many children are never diagnosed or diagnosed too late with cancer. Awareness of the common signs and symptoms of childhood cancer is an important step in fighting this disease and saving thousands of children's lives each year."

Eighty percent of children with cancer live in developing countries, where survival rates are low and governments have limited funding for health projects. The American Cancer Society is collaborating with cancer organizations across the globe to raise awareness and generate long-term programs to fight cancer in communities. For more on the Society's international efforts, please visit To find out what activities will be taking place in your country on World Cancer Day, please visit

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States.