International Childhood Cancer Day
February 15th is International Childhood Cancer Day. To honour this day, Kids Cancer Care is joining forces with the following international groups dedicated to fighting childhood cancer:
- Childhood Cancer International (formerly ICCCPO)
- International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP)
- Union for International Cancer Control (UICC I)
- International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN)
Together, we honor the bravery and courage of children and young adults affected by cancer and take a stand to change the course of this disease.
Each year, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Some 80 per cent of children with cancer live in developing nations and more than half of these children will die because they lack access to prompt, effective treatment. This statistic is unacceptable, plain and simple. Every child deserves the right to the best treatment and medication.
Children across the globe deserve:
- Better access to cancer treatment and care;
- Better access to affordable or free, quality care and medications, including those for pain;
- Better access to social health insurance or universal health coverage;
- Better access to pediatric palliative care;
- Better access to treatments that are less toxic, reducing the life-long adverse effects related to the treatments of cancer.
Please act now and call on governments and international development organizations to recognize the needs of children and adolescents with cancer to ensure better access to care for children everywhere.