Research by the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation found that more than 40 percent of South African children with cancer never reach a specialist treatment centre. Standing between children and a chance at life are often low levels of awareness and myths, according to the foundation.
15 February was International Childhood Cancer Day, a day that aims to raise awareness and battle misconceptions about childhood cancer.
“A common myth identified from our work in communities is that children do not get cancer, and if they do, only white children will suffer from the disease,” said Francois Peenz, CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation chief executive officer.
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