Cancer cases among children continue to increase globally with 80% of children diagnosed in Zimbabwe dying due to late detection and lack of funds for treatment.

Late detection, lack of free diagnostic tests and free chemotherapy drugs are cited as major stumbling blocks in fighting cancer among children.

The message was highlighted during the launch of an Orange Week to raise awareness on child cancers and raise funds towards treatment of children with cancer.

The Deputy Director for Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Justice Mudavanhu said despite limited resources, they are working on decentralising screening services to district level and increase awareness campaigns.

US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Harry Thomas Junior said there is need to mobilise resources to ensure children with cancer can access treatment.

Cancers of the bone marrow and blood are the most common cancers in children.