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Leukaemia: all things being unequal . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 04 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2076

Childhood leukaemia survival

Improvements in survival from childhood leukaemia are an inspiring demonstration of the progress of scientific medicine over recent decades. But they also show great global inequality. A survey of individual data for 89 828 children from 198 leukaemia registries in 53 countries shows general improvement but continuing large disparities (Lancet Haematol doi:10.1016/S2352-3026(17)30052-2). Five year survival for all lymphoid leukaemias in 2005-9 was 52.4% in Colombia and 91.6% in Germany. Within Europe alone, survival from acute myeloid leukaemia ranged from 33.3% in Bulgaria to 78.2% in German registries.

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