Every three minutes worldwide, a child dies of cancer, and the cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in pediatric patients among the non-communicable diseases
Also in Italy, every year they get sick of cancer (lymphomas, solid tumors, leukemia) of 2,200 children and adolescents, and 1 child on the 650 has less than 15 years.
To turn the spotlight on the phenomenon and raise awareness among the institutions is being celebrated tomorrow, the SIXTEENTH World Day Against Childhood Cancer, sponsored by the organization Childhood Cancer International (CCI).
There are many initiatives in our Country, where the squares and hospitals of over 40 cities will be launched into the sky of 15,000 balloons golden-biodegradable, with the ‘ribbon of gold’ symbol of paediatric oncology. An occasion to remember, say the experts, that “huge” are the strides made in recent years on the front of the care, even if it is still “too few” drugs are specifically tested on the pediatric population.
From here the appeal to the pharmaceutical companies by doctors and parents, gathered in the Italian Federation of associations of parents of pediatric onco-hematology (Fiagop), that promotes the Day in Italy, to promote the testing of drugs ‘child-friendly’. .