Childhood cancer worldwide: the facts

  1. It is estimated that 400,000 children will develop cancer each year worldwide [WHO]

  2. 92% of all new childhood cancer cases occur in low- and middle-income countries, with a particularly high rate in the countries of western Africa [The Lancet Oncology]

  3. The most common types of childhood cancers include leukaemias, brain cancers, lymphomas and solid tumours, such as neuroblastoma and Wilms tumours. [WHO]

  4. In high-income countries (UK, USA and much of Europe) more than 80% of children with cancer are cured [WHO]

  5. In low-income countries, childhood cancer survival is as low as 15% [WHO]

  6. Nearly half (43%) of all children with cancer go undiagnosed and untreated [The Lancet Oncology]

  7. 60%: The WHO Global target for childhood cancer survival by 2030

  8. The survival rate for children’s cancer [in the UK and other high-income countries] has more than doubled since the 1960s [Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group]

Since its inception in 2007, World Child Cancer has reached over 40,000 children, helping them access treatment and improved services.

But there are still many more that need our help. Find out more about how you can get involved and help even the odds for children with cancer around the world.

Rebecca’s Update 2021

Read more about our catch-up with Rebecca in July 2021 after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana five years ago.

Read more

Hassan’s story

14-year-old Hassan from the Machinga district of Malawi was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) last year.

Read more

Tiwo’s story

Five years after developing cancer and two years of treatment later, six-year-old Tiwo is doing well

Read more

Franklyn’s Story

Meet Franklyn, now 17, who is fully recovered from cancer and dreams of becoming a doctor to help others

Read more

Raising awareness of childhood cancer is vital if we are to improve survival and quality of life for the 400,000 children who develop cancer each year.

Discover More Stories…

Rebecca’s Update 2021

Read more about our catch-up with Rebecca in July 2021 after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana five years ago.

Read more

Tiwo’s story

Five years after developing cancer and two years of treatment later, six-year-old Tiwo is doing well

Read more

Hassan’s story

14-year-old Hassan from the Machinga district of Malawi was diagnosed with Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) last year.

Read more

Franklyn’s Story

Meet Franklyn, now 17, who is fully recovered from cancer and dreams of becoming a doctor to help others

Read more

Rebecca’s Success Story

Rebecca is now able to return to school after undergoing cancer treatment through World Child Cancer in Ghana

Read more

My road to recovery

Prince went on to become a childhood cancer advocate and help many other children just like him when he recovered from leukaemia. Read More

Read more

Estaphanie is excited to start university!

Meet Estaphanie, who is excited to start university after being forced to take time out of school following a cancer diagnosis

Read more

Meet Bulu

Bulu is looking forward to following in his brother’s footsteps getting back on the football field

Read more

Meet Oscar

Oscar was six years old when his mother noticed a swelling on his tummy and took him to a traditional village doctor

Read more
Will you join us?

Together we can close the gap in childhood cancer care.

DONATE

Fill out the form to download the taster session


    Fill out the form to download the taster session


      Fill out the form to download the taster session


        Fill out the form to download the taster session


          Fill out the form to download the taster session


            Fill out the form to download the taster session


              Fill out the form to download the taster session


                Fill out the form to download the taster session


                  Fill out the form to download the taster session