The Guardian newspaper reports that the World Health Organisation has found that childhood cancers have risen across the globe by 13% over 20 years.
Clare Laxton, head of policy and public affairs at CLIC Sargent, said: “Many of the thousands of young cancer patients and families that CLIC Sargent supports have revealed a difficult journey to their diagnosis. As vital improvements continue to be made in diagnosis, it is possible that this could lead to a rise in the number of cases reported.
“However diagnosis is just the start of a young cancer patient’s journey. Treatment can be gruelling and have long term physical, emotional and financial repercussions. With four out of five children and young people surviving cancer for 5 or more years it is vitally important that they are given all of the support they need to thrive, and not just survive their cancer.
“Earlier this year, we worked together with Teenage Cancer Trust and the Royal College of General Practitioners to release an e-learning module, aimed at helping medical professionals diagnosis cancer as early as possible."
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