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Lancet’s study reveals undiagnosed childhood cancer epidemic

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Owing to barriers of access and referral in health systems, nearly one in two children with cancer worldwide are never diagnosed and are likely to die untreated, reveals an analysis of childhood cancer cases in 200 countries. The study, published in The Lancet Oncology journal, estimates that there are almost four lakh new cases of childhood cancer annually, while current records count only around two lakh. According to the team from Harvard University that conducted the study, 92% of all new cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, a higher proportion than previously thought.

The model used by the team........

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