Early Diagnosis of childhood cancer

We’re helping more children to get a diagnosis

Survival starts with an early and accurate diagnosis.

The sooner treatment starts, the higher the chance of success.

It is an opportunity that is often missed. In some countries, disease awareness is so low that most cases go undiagnosed.  And for children who are referred on, poor care pathways and limited diagnostics can take time they do not have. 

This means it all happens too late. 

And once the cancer reaches Stage 4, palliative care is often the only option.

But with education and awareness we can change this.

For instance, in Ghana last year our Early Warning Signs campaign (training frontline health workers to recognise the symptoms of childhood cancer) led to a 28% increase in diagnosis. Even despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Early diagnosis is the key to survival

Training healthcare staff on the early warning signs of childhood cancer is key to improving diagnosis and survival outcomes

The Work We Do

Early diagnosis of childhood cancer provides hope for better outcomes. That’s why World Child Cancer is working with communities, health workers and partners to diagnose children earlier.

We do this by:

  • Raising public awareness around the early warning signs and symptoms of childhood cancer.
  • Supporting the development of patient referral pathways.
  • Building capacity for diagnostic services at partner hospitals and treatment centres.
With your support we can make sure children are given the diagnosis they need, when they need it.

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