International Childhood Cancer Day 2018: Kids Nutrition Crucial Against Cancer


International Childhood Cancer Day 2018: February 15 marks International Childhood Cancer Day every year to create awareness among parents and children to resist and fight against cancer. According to an expert in Dubai reported by Gulf Today, kids’ cancer is a common disease that affects children from the time of their birth until they are 19 years old and the care is very much important.

Dr Mohammed Abdullah El Rabah, a paediatrician at Al Tadawi Medical Centre in Dubai, mentions that, The kid’s nutrition plays a significant role in protecting his health and preventing cancer. For instance, canned food products, especially canned meat, contain preservatives such as sodium nitrate, in addition to junk food, hydrogenated oils, recycled sugar, genetically modified crops, and pop-corn made in the microwave.

Times Now reports that, According to WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), globally there are more than 300,000 children diagnosed with cancer each year. To raise awareness and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, survivors and their families, every year, February 15 is celebrated as International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD). The event highlights the need for concerted global actions to address the growing challenge posed by this non-communicable disease.

The ICCD is a day to come together to continue the work to “Advance Cures and Transform Care” and to make childhood cancer a national and global child health priority. The global event also spotlights the need for more equitable and better access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere. Many children in low-income and middle-income countries do not receive or complete care, and, as a result, over 90% of childhood cancer deaths occur in low resource settings.

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