According to new research done by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), about 215,000 children worldwide — from infants to 14-year-olds — are newly diagnosed with childhood cancer each year.
That’s a big jump from their last study, which showed about 165,000 new cases of childhood cancer each year.
On top of that, the new study found that 85,000 adolescents — from 15-year-olds to 19-year-olds — are being diagnosed each year, bringing the overall incidence of childhood cancer to 300,000 kids per year.
But what do these new numbers really mean?
They mean that every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer.
They mean that childhood cancer research — and more funding for it — is more crucial than ever before.