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 of childhood cancer

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.

Discover More Stories…

Tiwo’s story

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

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Hassan’s story

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

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Franklyn’s Story

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

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Rebecca’s Success Story

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

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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

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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

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Meet Bulu

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

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Meet Oscar

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

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