BELGRADE – In Serbia every day one child is diagnosed with cancer, and every week one dies from this disease. Serbia is the first in Europe according to this statistics, and only the fact that cancers among the youngest are curable in growing percentage (almost 80 percent of cases) is encouraging.

“Children mostly suffer from leukemia, brain tumors and lymphoma. These three diseases make up 50 percent of malignancy that occurs in children. In Serbia, there are about 66 percent of new cases in children aged up to 15 years,” said the Institute for Public Health “Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut”.

Two thirds of children who died due to malignant diseases were aged up to 15 years, and the most common cause of death in children were leukemia, lymphoma and brain tumors.

In the world every year more than 160,000 children are diagnosed and more than 90,000 dies from some form of cancer, which makes up four percent of all malignancies. The Institute says that despite good results of treatment, malignant diseases even in developed countries are still the second most common cause of death in children aged up to 15 years.

“Children’s cancer is less common than in adults, and the survival rate is higher. In developed countries the survival rate is 84 percent, and in Serbia is about 70 percent.”