The total number of children with incident cancer in Italy has never been specifically estimated. Specialized population-based Childhood Cancer Registries have only been operating in Piedmont (CCRP) and in the Marche region, while general population cancer registries cover about 20% of the Italian population. The number of expected cases of childhood cancer (0-14 years) in Italy in the period 2001-2015 has been estimated using CCRP incidence rates and annual percentage changes. The expected number of cases of all cancer types were 8,132, 8,672 and 8,944 in the periods 2001-2005, 2006-2010 and 2011-2015 respectively. These figures help evaluate the allocation of resoures for the care of child cancer patients in Italy, and to estimate the number of cases expected to enter clinical trials.
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