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Children's chances of surviving leukemia depend on where they live

AP

Worldwide disparities in childhood leukemia survival rates have narrowed in recent years, but there are still wide gaps between developed and developing nations, a new study shows. In some countries, the five-year rate of survival is nearly twice as high as in others.

Why it matters: The findings underscore the need for more advanced medical diagnosis and treatment options in low- and middle-income countries where 80% of childhood leukemia cases occur.