Retinoblastoma research projects

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Retinoblastoma research projects

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ICEH has helped to improve outcomes in retinoblastoma through the Retinoblastoma Network, which has led to multiple key findings for the condition:
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    • Children in low-income countries with the disease are 16 times more likely to die from it compared to those in high-income countries within 3 years of diagnosis
    • Nearly 50% of children in low- and middle-income countries present to doctors with a tumour that has spread outside of the front of the eye, compared to less than 2% in high-income countries
    • There is no association between theorised causes of Rb including smoking, breastfeeding, maternal age and birth order
    • The time between seeing first symptoms at home and visiting the doctor increases by distance from home to treatment, amount of visits needed, age at diagnosis and lower national income level

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