In a new article titled “Estimating the total incidence of global childhood cancer: a simulation-based analysis”, Zachary Ward and colleagues propose a novel approach to estimate childhood cancer incidence in 200 countries and territories worldwide, by age group and tumour type. The authors estimated the total incidence, including not only diagnosed but also undiagnosed paediatric cancers.
In a Comment published today in The Lancet Oncology, Dr Eva Steliarova-Foucher, a scientist in the Section of Cancer Surveillance at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), analyses the underlying reasons for a failure to diagnose cancer in children in low- and middle-income countries and stresses the importance of increasing registration coverage and improving the data quality of existing cancer registries.
How can global incidence estimates support childhood cancer control?
The Lancet Oncology, Published online 25 February 2019;