In Portugal, every year around 400 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer is the leading cause of non-accidental death in the child and adolescent population, although these days, thanks to great progress in terms of diagnosis and treatment in recent decades, nearly 90% of these children and adolescents survive.

Little is known about the causes that lead to the onset of cancer in children and adolescents, which leads to prevention to be virtually non-existent.

The most common types of cancer in children are Leukaemia, Lymphomas and Central Nervous System Tumours.

In Portugal there are four paediatric oncology centres: Portuguese Oncology Institute Francisco Gentil in Lisbon, Paediatric Hospital in Coimbra, Portuguese Oncology Institute Francisco Gentil in Oporto and São João Hospital in Oporto.

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