On the occasion of International Childhood Cancer Day (15 February), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has launched a new website dedicated to the Cancer Risk in Childhood Cancer Survivors (CRICCS) project. CRICCS is a collaborative population-based project funded by Children with Cancer UK. The project was launched on 2 November 2020 and will be conducted over a 3-year period.
Successful treatment of childhood cancers means that many people diagnosed with cancer before age 20 years will survive for many years after cancer diagnosis. However, the survivors of childhood cancer often experience serious late effects, which include developing a new cancer.
The objectives of the CRICCS project include estimating the prevalence of childhood cancer survivors in Europe and quantifying and characterizing the risk of second primary cancers in childhood cancer survivors in Europe. The project also aims to develop international guidelines for routine population-level monitoring by cancer registries of second cancers in childhood cancer survivors. Knowing the patterns of occurrence of second cancers and better understanding their causes will facilitate their prevention.