Dec 10, 2014 Laurelle Williams

The cancers that affect children are generally unique to those that affect adults and the incidence of childhood cancer is 150 in a million worldwide. In South Africa, one in 600 children are affected by cancer before the age of 16 – sadly, less than half of the children are diagnosed early enough and reach a treatment centre in time. According to Silvia Craucamp, Nurse Clinical Officer and Training Coordinator for Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics (CHOC) in Gauteng, many children are diagnosed too late with an advanced stage of cancer for the treatment to have much chance of success and…

Dec 10, 2013 Laurelle Williams

The South African Children’s Tumour Registry reports that childhood cancer is relatively rare, representing about 1% of cancers in the total population. In South Africa, one in 600 children are affected by cancer before the age of 16. The encouraging news is that if diagnosed early, 70-85% of children can be cured. “Childhood cancer is generally curable and progress towards curing it has been made in developed countries where the overall survival rate for some common malignant tumours is about 80%. Early detection can save lives. And knowing the early warning signs can save your child’s life,” says founder of…