India Has Highest Number Of Retinoblastoma Effected Children: Cfs

Posted By:centerforsight | Date By:2014-05-17

Centre for Sight (CFS) Medical Services Director Dr Santosh G Honavar today underlined that India has the highest number of Retinoblastoma (Rb) affected children in the world, with about 1500 new cases reported each year.

Addressing a press conference here as part of ‘World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week from May 11 to 17, Dr Santosh also Director National Retinoblastoma Foundation said, ‘Retinoblastoma is the most common and life-threatening eye cancer which commonly affects young children, new born to three-years of age. Each year, more than 5000 new cases of Retinoblastoma are diagnosed in the world. Of them a third (over

of the children are saved from death, over 90 per cent have their eye intact and over 85 per cent have their vision protected, he said.

‘To save the child’s life and prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body, the eye may have to be removed in advanced cases. It is possible then, to fit a life-likee artificial eye on the child to ensure normal appearance’, Dr Santhosh added.