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More research needed to improve cancer survival rates in young people

20 September 2021

Survival rates for adolescents and young adults with cancer vary considerably depending on the type diagnosed, according to a study published in Cancer, journal of the American Cancer Society. 

Researchers analysed five-year survival trends related to cancers with the highest mortality rates in that age group. They found significant improvements for patients with brain/other nervous system tumours, colon/rectum cancer, lung/bronchus cancer, acute myelogenous leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. However, there was limited or no improvement for breast cancer, cervical/ovarian cancer and bone/joint sarcomas.

Lead author Denise Riedel Lewis said: ‘These results will help refocus our research efforts on adolescent and young adult cancer survivorship.’

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