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This raises a serious concern and survivor stories are the only was increase the knowledge within the public.

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Child marriage is a global issue, with an increasing number of cases reported from African countries. Pixabay

By Vishvi Gupta

For the longest time now, we’ve associated child marriages with under-developed or developing nations. The presence of rituals like child marriages lets us have to peek inside the social issues existing in these countries.

The turn towards the twenty-first century had hoped to bring many changes in the societal norms. While some of the social issues like poverty, gender issues are being tackled seriously, other issues are still a far cry. The news of prevalence of child marriages in The United States Of America is shocking, to say the least.

Sara Tasneem, was forced into child marriage and sent away with a man almost twice her age. She was forced to go through the traumas of child marriage while she watched her peers go to school.

Tasneem got pregnant at the age of 16. But her story is not unique in The United States. And child marriage is not unique to any one religion.

“It’s a problem because they are less likely to finish high school, 31 per cent more likely to land into poverty in adulthood.”, said an expert

This raises a serious concern and survivor stories are the only way to  increase the knowledge among the public is to make aware children of their human rights.

 

 

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)