Why It Matters

  • There are about 630,000 young adult cancer survivors in the United States¹. However, survival rates have not improved since 1975.
  • Each year, more than 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. This is almost six times the number of cases diagnosed in children ages 0–14.
  • The 15-39 year age group represents about 6% of all new cancer diagnoses. In fact, 1 in every 100 college students is a young adult cancer survivor.
  • Cancer is the leading disease killer among 20- to 39-year olds.

¹DeSantis CE, et al, Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2014. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians   64(4) July/August 2014 :252–271  

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