Updated 22 August 2014

Cancer in SA children

The following article contains reliable information on cancer prevalence in South African children, as well as a graphic showing the various areas that can be overrun by cancer.


Cancer and the South African child
The cancers most prevalent amongst South African children, follows a worldwide trend. The survival rate amongst children, owing to improved treatment methods, is much higher than it was 30 years ago.

  1. Leukaemia - is the most prevalent of the cancers among South African children
  2. Brain tumours - is more prevalent amongst children than amongst adults
  3. Lymphomas - 16 percent of the children who develop cancer, have lymphomas
  4. Wilm's tumour - This is also known as cancer of the kidney
  5. Neuroblastoma - This is also known as cancer of the sympathic nervous system



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