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Global Health
September 17, 2019

Global Effect of Childhood Cancers

JAMA. 2019;322(11):1035. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.13826

Childhood cancers claim 11.5 million years of healthy life every year worldwide, according to a study published in The Lancet Oncology.

The study is the first to assess the global burden of cancer in children by calculating years of healthy life lost, also called disability-adjusted life-years. It found that although the 416 500 new childhood cancers diagnosed in 2017 is a relatively low number, the burden of these illnesses is great.