It is the worrying upward trend, an inability to pin down the causes and emerging concerns that cancer treatments are leaving survivors vulnerable to future serious health risks that has prompted the charity to summon top international experts from Europe, America, Asia and Australia to discuss the problem and, it is hoped, set an agenda for future research.
Conference chairman, Professor Denis Henshaw, explained: "If the increased risk facing today's children is at least partly caused by modern lifestyle factors, as is suggested by the increasing incidence, then it may be possible to take some preventive measures. But, first we need to determine what these factors are."
The conference, which will include many presentations of new data, will cover some of the 'usual suspects', such as radiation, parental smoking, viruses and air pollution. But other concepts that have received little attention to date will also be highlighted with new research findings. These include, for example, diet in early childhood, light pollution, melatonin and circadian rhythms, placental transfer to the foetus of damaging agents, medicines in pregnancy and delayed transgenerational susceptibility through the germline. (ends)
Notes to Newsdesk:
The conference is taking place at Church House, Dean's Yard, Westminster, London, from Monday 6 September to Friday 10 September. All sessions of the conference are open to the media and there is a staffed press office.
A news briefing will be held at 10.30am for 10.45am Monday 6 September in the Charter Room.
The speakers will be:
Professor Denis Henshaw: (Conference chairman)