According to a five-year survey related to cancer-survival rates, there is a huge difference in survival rates of cancer suffering children belonging to developed countries and developing nations.
In rich states, over 80% of cancer-diagnosed children will survive for more than five years, while in poor and developing states, the survival rate is extremely low, that is below 30%, as per the research.
On the basis of cancer study related to pediatrics, published in the journal Science, globally 429,000 children and teenagers probably develop cancer each year, of which 384,000 cases belong to developing countries.
The common problem behind this biased ratio is the treatment failure in poor states. The failure comprises further reasons such as misdiagnosis or failure in diagnosis, toxic death, and too expensive or abandoned treatment, so far almost all the mentioned causes are preventable, told by Catherine Lam, a pediatric oncologist and the first author of the study.
The study indicates that even a simple contribution such as providing temporary stays and complimentary meals could indirectly improve global survival rates.
Such involvements may extend and contribute to meeting the survival rate target of 60% by the Year 2030 set by the World Health Organization. According to the report, the current global survival rate of children suffering from cancer is nearly 32%.
In developing states, people generally try to delay their treatment due to high treatment cost, poverty, and distance from cancer diagnosis and treatment centers.
By dealing with the major issues such as lack of approach to necessary medications and delayed diagnosis, the survival rate of cancer affected children in poor countries can be improved significantly.
The supply of superior medicines at the global level is also one of the major concerns, pointing towards asparaginase, it is a drug for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is the most common cancer developed in childhood.