National Children’s Cancer Day is celebrated on Monday (23). The date was created to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Brazil registers 8 thousand new cases a year. And the saddest thing: it represents the leading cause of death in children and adolescents between the ages of 0 and 19 years. The figures call for the attention of health professionals working to combat the disease.
Oncologist Marcos Saramago stressed the importance of welcoming family and children at the time of diagnosis.
In Brazil, the National Cancer Institute (Inca), linked to the Ministry of Health, estimates that between 2020 and 2022 the number of new cases of childhood cancer could be more than 4.3 thousand boys and more than 4.1 thousand a year. girls.
Unlike most types of adult cancer, lifestyle-related risk factors do not affect a child or adolescent’s ability to develop the disease, as the symptoms may be similar to other diseases that are common with age.
But on the one hand, if the incidence of childhood cancer has increased globally, on the other hand, advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment have also increased in these cases, especially in the last four decades. According to experts, about 80% of patients can be cured. It all depends on the early diagnosis and treatment of specialized centers.