A study shows that developing countries carry more than four-fifths of the global burden of childhood cancer – which is comparable to 7 million years of healthy life wasted – due to a lack of early detection and inadequate care. The study, released by The Lancet Oncology, found that children with cancer have poorer mortality rates in low-and lower-middle-income nations, with less than 40 percent surviving half a decade after diagnosis. Approximately 80 percent of the kids in developed countries live five years after their cancer has been diagnosed.

Researchers discovered that developing nations suffered a disproportionately large burden of childhood cancer compared to disease prevalence, with low- and middle-income countries responsible for 82 percent of the world’s total. The report, which collected statistics on childhood cancers from 195 nations, found that such poorer countries missed about 7 million years of hearty life. Among the 50 most population-dense countries, India, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Indonesia have been bearing an especially high risk of childhood cancer. Sub-Saharan Africa has been classified as the area with the greatest incidence of different types of cancer, scoring the lowest for six of the ten types of cancer examined.

The writers said a lack of knowledge makes it harder to establish effective approaches in health and policy. This is regardless of the fact that childhood cancers were a greater cause of disability-adjusted life-years than any adult disease, as per the report.