Latest research shows childhood cancer is on the rise. Worldwide, most children with cancer live in developing countries. Survival rates for children with cancer in Western countries are 80 percent, while most children in developing countries will die due to lack of medical care.
Researchers analyzed data from 63 European, population-based cancer registries in 19 European countries. The increases in incidence were recorded for virtually all tumor types in children. The major changes for adolescents were seen for carcinomas, lymphomas, soft tissue sarcomas, and germ-cell and CNS tumors.
In conclusion researchers say their results are clear evidence of an increase of cancer incidence in childhood and adolescence during the past decades, and of an acceleration of this trend. They also say that geographical and temporal patterns suggest areas for further study into causes of these cancers .