Burden of cancer in children and adolescents in the Americas


Cancer is treatable and curable for the vast majority of children and adolescents when essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and supportive care services are accessible. However, substantial inequalities exist across countries of the Americas in terms of individual access to health care and high-quality treatment and supportive care services. For instance, while in high-income countries (HIC), such as Canada and the United States of America, the survival cancer rate is above 80%, in low- and middle-income countries is lower than 30%.

Monitoring the level and trends of cancer in children and adolescents is an essential function in evaluating programmatic interventions and informing policy development. This topic aims to provide an interactive data visualization that presents the main epidemiological measures of mortality and burden of disease caused by cancer in children and adolescents aged 0-19 years in countries of the Region of the Americas from 2000 to 2019.

Data source: WHO Global Health Estimates 2000-2019: Life Expectancy and leading causes of death and disabilty. Global Health Observatory. [Internet] Available online.