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Many people 'unaware children get cancer'

Many people "simply do not know" that children can get cancer, according to new research from charity CLIC Sargent.

The survey of 2,128 adults found over a third (34%) underestimated the number of children who get cancer each year, while 26% did not know any children were treated for the condition.

Lorraine Clifton, CLIC Sargent's chief executive, said:

It's clear from the results of this survey that many people simply do not know that children get cancer and that, though childhood cancer is thankfully rare, a child's cancer diagnosis and the often long cancer treatment can have a devastating impact on children and their families.