[ View the story "When cancer strikes young" on Storify] When cancer strikes young The realities of childhood cancer around the world.
The Stream· Thu, Sep 24 2015 17:01:26
Global cancer rates are on the rise. Each year, about 8 million cases are diagnosed, but by 2020, that is expect to double. Most cases will be in low to middle income countries, many of which lack the resources, medical equipment and funding to effectively combat cancer.
In poorer countries, cancer
more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The majority of pediatric cancer cases
in the developing world, where the five-year survival rate can be less than 10 percent. Treatment centers in places like sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia often lack radiation therapy machines and pain management medication. Even in the most developed countries, hospitals can be hours away.
Rochelle Momberg, a 17 year-old from South Africa, woke up one day with horrible back pain and bruises all over her body. She told The Stream that when her mother took her to the hospital, doctors did a biopsy and found that 80 percent of her blood was cancerous. Momberg had to fly from her home in Port Elizabeth to Capetown, where she found out she had Burkitt’s Lymphoma. It's a common form of childhood cancer linked to malaria, which occurs 10 times more often in Africa than in the rest of the world.
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In the United States, childhood cancers tend to get overlooked and research to find a cure is underfunded. Only four percent of federal funding is dedicated to childhood cancer research.
@AJStream FDA has only approved 4 drugs to treat to childhood cancer in 25+ yearsAdam
@AJStream We think the government needs to make childhood cancer research a National Priority. These kids need more federal funding!Rally Foundation
American Mark Meyers, a childhood cancer advocate, is trying to change that. Myers’ youngest daughter Kylie was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer, at 12 years old. She lost her battle in February, 10 months into the disease. Harnessing the power of social media, Myers has raised worldwide awareness by telling his daughter’s story. This week, he delivered a speech at the
for Childhood Cancer in Washington D.C., calling on the US government to allocate more money to childhood cancer research.
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Curefest is all finished but the battle... - Smiley for Kylie | FacebookCurefest is all finished but the battle continues. I am still in DC for a couple of days with a unique opportunity to spread the word. Here is video from...
The Stream asked its community what actions are needed to support children fighting cancer around the world:
Waleed M.Streamers AJE
There needs to be more support for young people's mental health when getting cancer. #ajstream #childhoodcancerBecki
@AJStream #Chemotherapy can be very expensive indeed. For children diagnosed with #cancer malnutrition & inadequate funding can be deadly.Neslihan Kurosawa
@AJStream Care for the entire family, including siblings. What each person needs depends on their age & personality. Keep discipline normal.karenladnerhaas
@AJStream Nigeria does not have a national cancer policy. Radiotherapy is not generally available in public health institutions.Hussaini Usman
@AJStream they do not have the skilled personnel to deal with the cases in the developing world.Khalid Batong
@AJStream Encouraging kids to be kids gets them smiling and comfortable pretty quickly and helps establish that this is a safe environment.Moe Abuba'kr