Cancer rates rise in adolescents and young adults

11 January 2021

Over more than four decades, cancer cases have risen by 29.6% in adolescents and young adults (aged 15 to 39), a study has found.

Kidney cancer increased at the greatest rate between 1973 to 2015, with breast cancer the most common in females, and testicular cancer the most common in males, the study in JAMA Network Open revealed.

One of the authors Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky, said that cancer is the leading cause of disease-related death in this age group and the rise (seen in other studies too) is concerning.

‘Now that there is a better understanding of the types of cancer that are prevalent and rising in this age group, prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment protocols specifically targeted to this population should be developed.’

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