Some Variations in Childhood Cancers Throughout the World

  • J. N. P. Davies
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research / Fortschritte der Krebsforschung / Progrès dans les recherches sur le cancer book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 13)


Since 1968 a very marked series of changes have occurred in every aspect of childhood neoplasia. From a rather neglected field (1) it has become one of greatly increased interest. From one of therapeutic depression it has become one of hope as therapeutic success after success is reported, each one bringing calls for earlier diagnosis, centralization of facilities, and controlled trials to improve treatment still further. Indeed, some of these successes have affected the death rates of some cancers (2). International societies of paediatric oncologists have been formed to advance our knowledge by co-operative studies. New cancer entities (3, 4) and syndromes (5, 6) have been described and more details of syndromes of congenital defects and anomalies conducive to cancer have been detected enabling more and more groups of children at especially high risk of developing cancer to be identified (7, 8). The role of irradiation (9, 10) and of drugs administered to the mother in the gestational period producing cancer in the offspring (11, 12) has concentrated attention on the environmental determinants of childhood cancer and led to the recognition of the need for the monitoring of cancer in childhood and early adult life.


Childhood Cancer Acute Leukaemia Negro Child African Child Orbital Tumour 
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