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World Cancer Day Focus on Children

World Cancer Day was held in Finland for the first time on Saturday. The theme of the event was "My Child Matters".

About 150 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Finland. The number has not changed significantly in over 30 years. Prognosis has, however, improved considerably with time. Approximately three-quarters of children with cancer in Finland survive the disease.

The most frequent childhood cancers in Finland are leukaemia and brain tumours. Early detection is imperative in successful treatment.

The outlook for children in developing countries is much bleaker. Less than half of children with cancer in these countries survive. The International Union Against Cancer aims to close the gap of childhood survivors between developing and industrialised nations. YLE24

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