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Scaling up the surveillance of childhood cancer: a global roadmap

Marion Piñeros, Les Mery, Isabelle Soerjomataram, Freddie Bray, Eva Steliarova-Foucher
Abstract: The World Health Organization recently launched the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (GICC) aiming to substantially increase survival among children with cancer by 2030. The ultimate goal concerns particularly less developed countries where survival estimates are considerably lower than in high-income countries where children with cancer attain approximately 80% survival. Given the vast gap in high-quality data availability between more and less developed countries, measuring the success of the GICC will also require substantial support to childhood cancer registries to enable them to provide survival data at the population level. Based on our experience acquired at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in global cancer surveillance we hereby review crucial aspects to consider in the development of childhood cancer registration and present our vision on how the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR) can accelerate the measurement of the outcome of children with cancer.
Keywords: Children / survival / registries / childhood cancer / Global Initiative / Global Cancer / Substantially / Gicc

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