Cuba guarantees speedy and timely care for children with cancer

Havana, Feb 15 (Havana) Cuba guarantees fast and timely medical care for the treatment of pediatric cancer, a disease that affects 300 children in the country every year, the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported on Monday.

In Cuba, the most frequent variants of the disease are related to leukemia (70 percent), lymphomas (Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s) and central nervous system tumors.

Other conditions detected in minors are neuroblastomas, nephrobastomas and bone and soft tissue sarcomas; while the least common cancers are found in the liver, ovaries and pancreas, Caridad Verdecia, head of the oncology service at the William Soler Children’s Hospital, told the Cuban News Agency in an interview.

Cuba currently has nine institutions that provide treatment to children with cancer.

Nearly 400,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide, most of them live in low- and middle-income countries, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) reported on Monday.

On the occasion of the International Childhood Cancer Day, the organization pointed out that the disease is the second main cause of death among children and teenagers worldwide.

According to estimates, 32,065 new cases of cancer in children aged 0 to 14 were reported in the Americas in 2020, the study added.

Of all diagnosed patients in the continent, 20,855 live in Latin America and the Caribbean.

According to the PAHO, 8,544 children under 15 died of cancer last year.

In many countries, cancer is the second cause of death among children over one year of age, only preceded by accidents.

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