Improved cancer treatments has saved the lives of more than 5,600 children since the 1970s, according to new figures. Scientists compared the survival rates of children with cancer from 1971 to 2005. In the early 1970s, only about a third of children with leukaemia, the most common childhood cancer, lived five years or more. Today, their survival rate is more than 80%. Similarly survival rates for neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting nerve tissue, have risen from just 17% to 64%. Taking the two diseases together, at least 5,600 more children lived at least five years over the 34-year study period than would have done if survival had not increased.
Write a comment
- Bed-sharing 'raises cot death risk fivefold'
- Scans show premature-baby brain arrested development
- Great Kiddicare offers this month
- Eight in ten children know the passwords and pin codes to their parents' laptops, phones and computers
- Bishop: 'Cut priority school places for churchgoers'
- 10% off selected Maclaren Strollers at Mothercare
- Warn young children about pornography, say heads
- High Court judge approves commercial surrogacy
- Iodine deficiency 'may lower UK children's IQ'
- Save £75 on the Bebe Confort Loola Stroller